3rd teen wanted in July 4 Dover shooting apprehended in Indiana

DOVER — A third teen suspect allegedly connected to a July 4 shooting was arrested in Bloomington, Indiana, and is awaiting extradition to Delaware,

Dover police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said Monday.
Romeo Downs, 17, is facing burglary, assault, firearm, reckless endangering, criminal mischief, conspiracy, gang participation and theft counts regarding an incident at Cannon Mills Apartments in the 100 block of Katrina Way, authorities said.

He was apprehended by the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force.
Earlier, two males ages 18 and 17 were arrested after a man was shot in the left side when returning to his home. Police said the teens were known to the wounded man.

The incident was part of a recent string of separate alleged felony incidents involving male Dover teens as reported by police including:
• Two unknown suspects approximately age 15 to 16 were sought after a robbery in the Dover East Estates mobile home park on Saturday, A 16-year-old male was assaulted and briefly lost consciousness, and was treated at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover.
A backpack and belongings were stolen.

• On Aug. 1, four alleged gang members ages 17 to 19 were arrested on drug, firearm and conspiracy charges during a search warrant execution at a residence in the 200 Block of East Sheldrake Circle, police said. The warrant was the result of an investigation into the “52 Hoover Gangster Crip” and “23 Baby Insane Crip” gangs.
A .40 caliber handgun, illegal drugs and money were located.

• On July 28, an 18-year-old was arrested following an alleged robbery and assault in the area of Collins Drive and New Castle Avenue. Four other were sought.
A victim was slightly injured and a Schwinn bicycle taken.

• Police said a K9 assisted in the July 22 arrest of a 17-year-old allegedly connected to an armed robbery. The suspect approached a 48-year-old male at a bus stop, produced a handgun and demanded money and a cellphone.

The teen was tracked by the K9 and found hiding in the rear parking lot of a business in the area of South Governors Avenue and North Street, authorities said.

He suffered minor injuries from the K9 apprehension and then charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest and local fugitive.

• A wanted 19-year-old was allegedly found with a loaded .38 caliber revolver on July 16 in the area of South New and West Reed streets. The teen was arrested without incident and found to have several outstanding capiases and a violation of probation charge.

• On June 13, a 17-year-old was arrested in alleged connection with a May 23 shooting that wounded two in the Manchester Square Community. Gang related, firearm, reckless endangering, conspiracy and assault charges were filed.

• On June 25, a 19-year-old was arrested on drug and weapon charges following a search warrant at his residence in the unit block of North Kirkwood Street. Two firearms were located along with approximately 1,287 bags of heroin, police said.

• Four bicycle-riding juveniles ages 12 to 14 were arrested after a BB gun was fired at police officers arriving at the Dover Mall on June 22.

Authorities were initially called to the scene regarding disorderly persons refusing to leave the premises, police said. Three BB guns were recovered.

• On July 28, two Dover residents ages 15 and 16 were arrested following a high speed vehicle pursuit involving a stolen vehicle, Harrington Police said. A driver fled and was sought, authorities said.
Police estimated the chase covered 15 to 20 miles and reached speeds up to 80 miles per hour.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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