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  • Four caught, one sought in Monday night assault

  • Four people, suspected in taking part in a Monday night attack on two teens in Capital Park
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  • Four persons have been arrested and another is being sought following an attack on two teenagers Monday night.
    The incident took place at 10:10 p.m. Aug. 4, near the basketball courts in the Capital Green subdivision, said Dover Police Department spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
    The two, ages 15 and 16, said they were riding bikes when they were surrounded by five others, who began yelling gang-related statements and displaying possible gang signs. One threw a bicycle at the victims while another displayed a black handgun.
    One of the teens tried to run away, but was thrown to the ground and punched and kicked until he lost consciousness for a short time, Hoffman said. The group then took the two bicycles and fled.
    The police investigation led to the arrests of Jamal Jones, 15, and James Valentine, 19, soon after the incident. Two other suspects, Khareim Hanzer, 16, and Jawon Watson, 17, surrendered to Dover Police Wednesday after their names and photographs were posted on the department’s web page.
    The remaining suspect, identified as Duante Morrison, 21, remains on the run, Hoffman said.
    All were charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, illegal gang participation and second-degree conspiracy.
    When caught, Morrison also will be charged with possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony and two counts of aggravated menacing.
    Hanzer and Watson were committed to the William J. Stevenson House Detention Center, Milford in default of a $65,000 cash bond. Valentine was jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, after failing to pay a $115,000 secured bond, while Jones was released to the custody of a parent.
    Hoffman said the incident did not appear to be related to a Tuesday night case where Capital Green residents called to report hearing numerous shots being fired in the area.
    Any suspects had fled by the time police arrived at the scene, which was near the intersection of East Water Street and New Castle Avenue, although 31 shell casings were found in the area.
    There were no reported injuries or property damage, Hoffman said.
    Witnesses reported a tan or gray Dodge Charger or Challenger was seen leaving the area after the shots were fired.
    Anyone with information on this crime or having knowledge of the whereabouts of Duante Morrison is asked to call Dover Police at 736-7111.
    Anonymous tips may be submitted via Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-847-3333, or online at http://Delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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