A 22-year-old Felton man was captured Sept. 4 by Delaware State Police after he allegedly shot a man near Viola.
Tyree M. Bordley, of Felton, was arrested within 45 minutes of the incident, said police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier.
The case began at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when troopers were dispatched to a home in the 800 block of West Evens Road, west of Viola.
The investigation indicated Bordley had forced his way into the home after banging on a rear door. Bordley, who was armed with a handgun, confronted the 31-year-old man and demanded money and jewelry, Fournier said.
The victim, who was an acquaintance of Bordley's, was shot once in the right leg after telling Bordley he did not have any valuables.
A struggle took place, with the victim managing to grab the gun from Bordley; he fired several shots at Bordley, but missed. Bordley then ran into a rear bedroom where a 31-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son were sleeping and threatened to kill them with a large knife unless the weapon was returned, Fournier said.
The victim turned over the gun, and the woman and boy broke free and fled. Bordley also fled through a rear door.
Troopers from the Troop 3 Criminal Investigations Unit and the Governor's Task Force found Bordley at his Felton home and took him into custody without a struggle.
Bordley was charged with first-degree robbery, first- and second-degree assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, home invasion, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, two counts of aggravated menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief.
Page 2 of 2 - He has been jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $274,100 secured bond.
The shooting victim was treated at Christiana Medical Center for a non-life-threatening wound; the woman and child were taken to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital for treatment of minor wounds received during the incident