Three Dover men face indictment for multiple incidents

Pierre Downs

Travis Caldwell

Julius Johnson

DOVER — A Dover man is facing three separate indictments connected to alleged robbery, weapons, assault and drug-related incidents within the city last fall.

Last week, a Kent County Grand Jury returned a slew of felony charges against Pierre Downs, 39 years old when arrested in the early morning of Oct. 15 in alleged possession of 1.5 grams of crack cocaine and $1,019 in drug proceeds.

Mr. Downs was arrested on Oct. 7 as Dover Police executed a search warrant at his home in the 100 block of N. Queen Street. He was allegedly found in possession of a switchblade, which brought a carrying a concealed deadly weapon count.

At the time, police sought Mr. Downs in alleged connection with a Sept. 23 robbery on West Loockerman Street that involved a man being beaten unconscious by a group of suspects, authorities said. Police claimed that Mr. Downs was allegedly seen on downtown surveillance cameras stealing a .12 gauge Winchester shotgun from a vehicle, and the reported confrontation was recorded as well.

The last arrest came at approximately 12:39 a.m. on a Friday when Mr. Downs was seen in an orange Dodge Charger that was allegedly speeding in the area of North New and Fulton streets.

Authorities said a chase ensued before the vehicle stopped near Lincoln and Forrest streets. Mr. Downs allegedly ingested an unknown quantity of crack cocaine and was treated at a local hospital, police said.

Mr. Downs’ bond from the Oct. 7 arrest was revoked and he was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on $26,350 secured bond.

The indictment included counts of drug dealing, tampering with physical evidence, disregarding a police officer’s signal, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, aggressive driving, unreasonable speed, failure to stop at a red light and failure to yield right of way.

On Oct. 21, Travis Caldwell, 34, and Julius Johnson (also identified as Johnson-Mills), 28, were taken into custody at Persimmon Tree Apartments during investigation into the  alleged Sept. 23 robbery.

Mr. Caldwell was charged with first-degree robbery in an indictment involving Mr. Downs. Charges included possession of a firearm by person prohibited, second-degree assault, theft of firearm, and second-degree conspiracy.

Mr. Johnson was indicted with Mr. Caldwell regarding the Oct. 21 apprehension. A search allegedly located a stolen .357 Magnum handgun and 395 grams of cocaine, police said.

Mr. Johnson and Mr. Caldwell were each committed to JTVCC on $125,100 and $123,000 secured bond, respectively.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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