Traffic Stop Leads to Gun and Drug Arrest

Incident #:  51-19-12637                                               Reported: October 29, 2019 at 5:27 p.m.

Location: Route 113 Northbound (N DuPont Blvd) and Warner Rd. Milford, Kent County, DE

Released By:  Det. Timothy Maloney on 11/05/2019 at 1138 hours

On 10/29/2019 at approximately 5:27 p.m., A Milford Police Officer was on a proactive traffic enforcement assignment in the area of Route 113 Northbound (N. DuPont Blvd.) and Airport Rd. Milford, Kent County, DE. While on this patrol, the officer observed a Black Nissan Sentra turning left from Airport Rd onto Route 113 Northbound. The officer observed an equipment violation on the vehicle and conducted a Uniformed Traffic Stop on the vehicle in the area of Route 113 Northbound and Warner Rd. The officer made contact with the operator of the vehicle, who was positively identified as Jonatan Santiago, 22 of Lincoln, DE. During the course of the traffic stop, the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. When Santiago was questioned about the marijuana, he admitted that it was under the seat. Santiago also disclosed that he had a firearm underneath the seat as well, but did not have a carry concealed permit for the weapon. Santiago was asked to step out of the vehicle, where he was detained for further investigation. The officer then conducted a search of the vehicle and located an unloaded black in color handgun and a clear plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, which field tested positive for marijuana. The weight of the marijuana was 29 grams. The officer also located drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Santiago was then transported back to Milford PD for processing.

Santiago was charged with Carrying A Concealed Deadly Weapon A Firearm; Possession, Purchase, Own or Control A Deadly Weapon By Person Prohibit Who Also Possesses Controlled Substance; Possess/Consume Marijuana Other Than Personal Use Quantity; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Marijuana Related- Civil Violation. Santiago was also issued a Uniform Traffic Summons for Operating A Vehicle With Improper Window Tinting and Failure To Have Insurance Identification In Possession. Santiago had a presentment through the Justice of the Peace Court 2 where he was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas at a later date for a preliminary hearing.

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Drug Investigation Leads To Arrest Of Milford Man

Released On 10.28.2019 By Sgt. Robert Masten   Incident #51.19.12565 @1020 Hours

On 10.28.2019 surveillance associated with a drug investigation led to an arrest of a Milford man.  On 10.28.2019 at approximately 10:00 am, a Detective from the Milford Police Department’s Drug Unit conducting surveillance in Brightway Commons observed an individual engage in what appeared to be open air drug transaction.  With the assistance of officers from the Milford Police Department’s Patrol Division Tyrek I. Lowther, 21 of Milford, was contacted.  Further investigation led to the seizure of crack cocaine.  Mr. Lowther has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Mr. Lowther was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, where bail was set at $3500.00 unsecured.  Mr. Lowther is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 11.08.2019 for a Preliminary Hearing.

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Investigation Leads To Multiple Charges For Pennsylvania Woman

Released By Sgt. Robert Masten On 10.28.2019   Incident #51.19.12542 @1953 Hours

On 10.27.2019 at approximately 7:53 pm, officers investigating a group of disorderly individuals at Brightway Commons contacted a Pennsylvania woman in a parked vehicle.  During this contact officers noticed the smell of marijuana.  Further investigation led to the seizure of Marijuana and Oxycodone.  As officers attempted to take Neajah Fassett, 22 of Chester, PA, into custody she struggled with them to prevent the arrest.  Ms. Fassett was eventually taken into custody and charged with Consumption of Marijuana, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Disorderly Conduct.  Ms. Fassett was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #7 and released on her own recognizance.  Ms. Fassett is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 12.18.2019 for an arraignment.

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MPD Drug Unit Makes Multiple Arrest In Proactive Operation

Released By Sgt. Robert Masten On 10.25.2019

On 10.23.2019 the Milford Police Department’s Drug Unit conducted a proactive patrol in the downtown area, Academy Apartments, and Brightway Commons.  The proactive patrol resulted in several arrest and fugitives being located.  During the operation officers made a traffic stop in the area of North Walnut Street and Northeast 8th Street.  During this stop three individuals were contacted.  It was discovered that all three occupants were wanted.  Investigation during the stop revealed Ashley Caraballo, 34 of Milton, was in possession of heroin and was wanted by the Justice of the Peace Court #2.  Ms. Caraballo was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Ms. Caraballo was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #7, where she was released on her own recognizance.  A second person contacted on the stop was Joey Caraballo, 35 of Lewes.  Mr Caraballo was found to be wanted by Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.  Mr. Caraballo was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution following his presentment at the Justice of the Peace Court.  The third person contacted in that stop was Samantha J. Montgomery, 26 of Milford.  Ms. Montgomery was found to be wanted by Kent County Court of Common Pleas and Sussex County Superior Court.  Ms. Montgomery was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution following her presentment at the Justice of the Peace Court.  The next individual contacted during this operation was Antione Sturgis, 36 of Milford.  Mr. Sturgis was contacted in Bicentennial Park and found to be wanted by the Kent County Family Court.  Mr. Sturgis was released and scheduled to appear at a later date after being presented at the Justice of the Peace Court.  Anthony Rayne, 53 of Milford, was contacted by officers in Brightway Commons.  Mr. Rayne was found to be wanted by the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.  Mr. Rayne was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution.  The final person contacted was part of an investigation into an ongoing illegal activity in the parking lot of Academy Apartments in the 200 block of North Street.  Shaquel D. Bowe, 26 of Felton.  Mr. Bowe was contacted and investigation during that contact found him to be in possession of a handgun and heroin.  Mr. Bowe was also found to be wanted by the Kent County Court of Common Pleas, Kent County Superior Court, and Sussex County Family Court.  Mr. Bowe was charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, two counts of Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.  Mr. Bowe was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, where bail was set at $42,200.00 secured.  Mr. Bowe has been committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution and is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 11.08.2019 for a Preliminary Hearing.

**Updated Photos Not Available At The Time Of This Release**

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Milford Police Offer Safety Tips For Trick or Treat

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On Thursday, October 31st, the City of Milford will have “Trick or Treat” from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  We wanted to pass on the following safety tips provided by Safe Kids.  “Trick or Treat” is open to children 12 years or younger.

**We will participating in a Trunk or Treat at the Carlisle Fire Company on Halloween.  We look forward to seeing everyone Thursday night!**

 

Walk Safely

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Trick-or-treat hours are 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
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Milford Police Looking For Public Assistance With Shooting Investigation

Released By Sgt. Robert Masten on 10.23.2019   Incident #51.19.12002 @0019 Hours

The Milford Police Department’s Criminal Division is asking for help from the public with information relating to a shooting at Brightway Commons in the early morning hours of 10.16.2019.  It’s been learned by detectives several suspects fired multiple shots towards a group of individuals that were in a common area within the complex.  No injuries have been reported at this time.  Detectives are asking for anyone who has information about this incident call 302.422.8081 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.  Tips can also be submitted online at MilfordPoliceDE.org/Tips

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Milford Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs October 26th

On Saturday, October 26th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Milford Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Milford Police Department at 400 Northeast Front Street. (We cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26th Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or MilfordPoliceDE.org.

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Joint Operation Results In Arrest Of Four At Brightway Commons


Released By Sgt. Robert Masten On 10.18.2019   Incident #51.19.12002 @1406 Hours

On 10.16.2019 members of the United States Marshal’s First State Fugitive Task Force and officers from Milford Police Department’s Drug Unit arrested four in a joint operation at Brightway Commons.  On 10.16.2019 at approximately 2:06 pm, officers conducting surveillance located Robert D. Pierce, 29 of Greenwood, who was known to be wanted by multiple agencies.  Officers attempted to contact Mr. Pierce who led officers on a brief foot pursuit, prior to being apprehended.  A subsequent search located crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.  Mr. Pierce was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting arrest.  Mr. Pierce was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, where bail was set at $6500.00 secured for the new charges.  Mr. Pierce is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 10.25.2019 for a Preliminary Hearing.  Mr. Pierce was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution.  Several other were contacted during this operation along with Mr. Pierce.  Alece A. Smith, 29 of Milford, was contacted and taken into custody after it was found she was wanted by the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.  Ms. Smith was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2 and released.  Brian C. West, 45 of Milford, was taken into custody after it was found he was wanted by the Kent County Court of Common Pleas, Sussex County Family Court, and Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.  Mr. West was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution.  The fourth individual contacted was Sierra N. McCrea, 19 of Milford.  Ms. McCrea was found to be in possession of marijuana.  Ms. McCrea was charged with Possession of Marijuana and released.  Ms. McCrea is scheduled to appear at the Justice of the Peace Court #6 in November for an arraignment.

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Investigation Into Shooting On South Walnut Street Leads To Arrest

Released By Sgt. Robert Masten On 10.14.2019   Incident #51.19.11833 @2000 Hours

On 10.13.2019 Milford Police arrested a Felton man following an investigation into a shooting on South Walnut Street.  On 10.11.2019 a warrant was obtained for Linwood G. Owens, 30 of Felton, as part of an investigation into a shooting that allegedly took place in the 1000 block of South Walnut Street at approximately 8:00 pm.  It’s been reported that Mr. Owens allegedly fired a shot towards a Chevrolet Traverse, striking a rear fender.  None of the occupants in the vehicle were harmed.  Mr. Owens was unable to be located that evening.  On 10.14.2019 Mr. Owens was located and taken into custody in Felton by Troopers from the Delaware State Police and later turned over to Milford Police.  Mr. Owens has been charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, two counts of Reckless Endanger First Degree, Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited, and Criminal Mischief Over $1000.  Mr. Owens was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #3, where bail was set at $34,000.00 cash.  Mr. Owens has been committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution.  Mr. Owens is scheduled to appear at the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas on 10.17.2019 for a Preliminary Hearing.

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Ongoing Investigation Into Shooting Leads To Arrest Of Dover Man

Released By Sgt. Robert Masten On 10.10.2019   Incident #51.19.10095 @0034 Hours

On 10.08.2019 Milford Police arrested a Dover man after a warrant was obtained following a September shooting in Brightway Commons.  On 09.05.2019 at approximately 12:34 am officers from the Milford Police Department’s Patrol Division responded Brightway Commons to investigate a possible shots fired incident.  Further investigation into this matter developed William Harris, 28 of Dover, as one of the individuals allegedly involved. Several of those rounds struck an unoccupied vehicle.  Investigation also revealed Mr. Harris allegedly removed evidence from the scene prior to fleeing.  On 10.08.2019 Mr. Harris was apprehended by the United States Marshal’s First State Fugitive Task Force in Milford.  Mr. Harris has been charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Weapon in a Safe School Zone, Giving a Firearm to Person Prohibited, Tampering With Physical Evidence, Conspiracy Second Degree, and Criminal Mischief Over $1000.  Mr. Harris was presented at the Justice of the Peace Court #2, where bail was set at $67,500.00 secured.  Mr. Harris was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution and is scheduled to appear at the Kent County Court of Common Pleas on 10.18.2019 for a preliminary hearing.  This investigation is still active and updates will be released as the information becomes available.

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