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POLICE ROUNDUP July 22-25: Dover

Delaware News Desk

Arrest made in New Street murder

A 25-year-old man, Tysheen Maxwell, was arrested in Virginia for the murder of Thomas Gilbert in Dover July 6, Dover police said.

Police identified Maxwell as a suspect, and the United States Marshals Service apprehended him July 24 in Newport News, Virginia. He remains in custody pending extradition to Delaware for first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

Dover police began investigating the shooting death of Gilbert, a 32-year-old Dover man, after responding to a report of shots fired around 2:45 a.m. July 6. Officers found Gilbert with multiple gunshot wounds in a vacant lot in the 100 block of South New Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of his injuries. 

Dover police warn against mail theft

Within the last three weeks, the Dover Police Criminal Investigations Unit has received at least eight cases of thefts where people have taken mail from United States Postal Service mailboxes, police said.

The suspects then remove any valuables from envelopes, including checks.  In many cases, the suspects have been able to alter the checks to receive money themselves, including one case for $40,000.

The Dover Police Department continues to investigate and is working with the United States Postal Inspection Service. Two Dover locations have been confirmed as targets: the USPS Collection Box on Buckson Drive and another in the 1000 block of South Bradford Street. 

The Dover Police Department is advising residents to use caution when sending mail. Police said the safest way to send mail is to drop it off at a post office location, such as 55 Loockerman Plaza in Dover, or at a location with high visibility and more vehicle or foot traffic. Post office and collection box locations can be found at: https://tools.usps.com/find-location.htm.

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Argument leads to weapons arrest

The Delaware State Police arrested Markas Custis, 33, of Dover after he pulled out a gun during an argument with his neighbor July 25.

Police responded to the 100 block of North Governors Boulevard at 4:33 a.m. Custis knocked on the victim’s front door, confronted the 33-year-old woman, and they began arguing, police said. 

During the argument, Custis took out a handgun from a backpack he was wearing, making sure the victim clearly saw he had the weapon in his possession. He then left before returning when troopers were conducting their investigation. He was taken into custody without incident and taken to Troop 3.

Police charged him with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and aggravated menacing. He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 7 and released on a $6,000 secured bond while awaiting another court appearance.

Armed robbery behind Water Street home


The Dover Police Department is investigating a robbery that happened behind a home in the 300 block of West Water Street the afternoon of July 24.

A 56-year-old man was standing next to his vehicle when a man approached him with a handgun and demanded his belongings. The victim complied, and the suspect ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash and personal belongings.  

Police said the suspect was described as a light-skinned Black man, wearing black and white shorts, black T-shirt, black and white mask, black and white backwards baseball cap and black sneakers.

Three men arrested for guns, drugs

The Dover Police Department arrested three men on firearms and drug charges the afternoon of July 24 in the area of South Bay Road and South Little Creek Road. 

Jawon Watson, 23, was a suspect in an active firearms investigation by the Dover Police Department and had active warrants for firearms charges. Officers saw Watson inside a car and conducted a traffic stop July 24.

When the officers talked with the three people inside the vehicle, they saw Watson reaching for a loaded handgun at his feet. Watson and the other occupants were taken into custody without incident. 

Officers found another loaded handgun and crack cocaine in possession of the rear-seat passenger,Carlos Green, 22. Police found a third loaded handgun, marijuana, crack cocaine, a digital scale and fentanyl inside the vehicle.

Watson was committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $64,500 cash bond for four counts of possession of firearm/ammo by person prohibited, two counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of marijuana, possession of firearm during commission of felony, two counts of possession of firearm by person prohibited, illegal gang participation, possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.

Green was released after posting a $46,600 secured bond for carry concealed deadly weapon, two counts of possession of firearm/ammo by person prohibited, possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of firearm during commission of felony and drug paraphernalia.

Joshua Johnson was released on a $6,000 unsecured bond for possession of firearm by person prohibited, possession of fentanyl and drug paraphernalia.

Drugs, gun found in probation check

The Dover Police Department charged Tyrell Joseph, 32, with firearms and drug offenses after helping Delaware Probation and Parole officers with a probation check July 22 at 5:57 p.m.

Delaware Probation and Parole officers conducted the check at Joseph's room at the Kent Budget Motel, in the 300 block of North Dupont Highway. During the search, officers found a .45 caliber  handgun, 17.1 grams of MDMA (ecstasy), 71.5 Xanax pills, 35 Oxycodone pills, 34 bags of heroin, 1,022.4 grams of cereal bars containing marijuana and $3,411.  

There was a young child in the room who was turned over to a relative, police said. 

Joseph was arrested without incident and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $256,700 secured bond. Police charged him with possession of a firearm during commission of felony, two counts of possession of a firearm/ammo by person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, three counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of possession with intent to deliver.

Two handguns found in probation check

The Dover Police Department charged Devin Coleman, 33, with firearms offenses after helping Delaware Probation and Parole officers with a probation check July 22 at  9:42 a.m.

Delaware Probation and Parole officers conducted the check at Coleman's hotel room at the Capital Inn of Dover, 1400 block of North Dupont Highway. 

During a search, officers found a backpack with two handguns inside. One of the handguns was reported stolen out of North Carolina. Coleman was arrested without incident and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $47,500 cash bond. Police charged him with two counts of possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession of ammunition by person prohibited, receiving stolen firearm and violation of probation.

Burglary at Friendly’s on Route 13

The Dover Police Department is investigating a burglary that happened at the Friendly's restaurant, 318 N. Dupont Highway, July 22 between 2:52 a.m. and 3 a.m.

A suspect broke a glass window with a hammer to get inside, police said. The suspect removed a cash register drawer and threw it out the window before leaving the same way. The suspect then ran south. 

The suspect was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, a mask, blue jeans and light colored shoes, police said. 

Stopped for speeding, arrested for gun, marijuana

The Delaware State Police arrested Christopher D. Jernigan, 33, of Dover, after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a weapon and drugs.

A trooper pulled over a white Ford Fusion July 22 at 2:39 p.m. after seeing the driver speeding while driving south on South Dupont Highway. During the traffic stop, the trooper talked to Jernigan, the driver and only person in the car, and smelled marijuana. 

After searching the car, police found 222.46 grams of marijuana, a .40 caliber handgun with a magazine loaded with six rounds and drug paraphernalia.

Jernigan was taken into custody without incident and a computer search revealed that he was a person prohibited from possessing a firearm. He was taken to Troop 3 where he was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of  a firearm/destructive weapon if previously convicted of a violent felony, possession of a deadly weapon semi-auto or auto by a person prohibited who also possesses controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance tier one quantity, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding in excess of 55 mph.

Jernigan was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and released on a $112,201 unsecured bond.

These are compiled from police press releases. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.