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Dover Post
  • Smyrna man arrested in Dover on assault charges

  • A Smyrna man, identified as Matthew M. Stanford, 50, was arrested Saturday after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in Smyrna and fleeing to Dover.
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  • A Smyrna man, identified as Matthew M. Stanford, 50, was arrested Saturday after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in Smyrna and fleeing to Dover.
    The incident took place at 8:13 a.m. July 19, said Smyrna Police, when Stanford allegedly attacked her and took her car. Stanford also threatened to shoot and kill the woman, her daughter and son-in-law, and said he was going to commit suicide.
    Smyrna officers tracked Stanford to Dover; at 5:15 p.m. he was apprehended without incident with the help of Dover’s Special Operations and Response Team.
    Stanford first was taken to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital for a psychiatric examination, then arrested on two counts of terroristic threatening, third degree assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
    He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 7 via videophone and released on a $2,000 secured bond.

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