Three men indicted in Frederica home invasion

Eric V. Garrison

DOVER — Three men were indicted Monday for their alleged roles in a Frederica home invasion early this year, according to Superior Court documents.

Frederica residents Eric V. Garrison and Eric S. Huffstutler and Milford resident Charles L. Melvin Jr., were all arrested after Delaware State Police investigation into a reported incident on Barefoot Lane on Jan. 10, authorities said, and a 28-count indictment resulted.

Police said at the time that a 31-year-old resident suffered non-life threatening injuries after being struck in the head with an unknown blunt force object. According to police, three firearms, several boxes of ammunition and an

Eric S. Huffstutler

undisclosed amount of cash were taken before suspects fled.

Charges included home invasion, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, theft of firearm, second-degree conspiracy, terroristic threatening, possession of firearm and ammunition by person prohibited.

Mr. Huffstutler was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to stop at stop sign, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest by force or violence.

Mr. Melvin was 39 years old when arrested, Mr. Huffstutler 37 and Mr. Garrison 36, police said.

Charles L. Melvin Jr.

Other Kent County indictments this month included, among others:

• Larry Benson Jr. and Makia Benson on charges related to a Feb. 20 traffic stop in the area of Saulsbury Road and Forrest Avenue in Dover that police said allegedly yielded drugs and a handgun.

Charges included carrying a concealed deadly weapon, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and second-degree conspiracy. Ms. Benson, 26 when arrested, was charged with second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer. Mr. Benson, 29, was charged with possession of a deadly weapon by person prohibited, possession of marijuana and driving while suspended or revoked. Both defendants were released on unsecured bond.

• William E. Caldwell, of Dover, was indicted for an alleged domestic incident on March 10 involving an ex-girlfriend. Police alleged that he entered a home uninvited and a confrontation ensued. Mr. Caldwell, 29 at the time, allegedly fired two shots into the air and twice pointed a gun at the woman in the first block of South New Street in Dover before departing the area, police said.

Police said the alleged incident was partially captured on downtown surveillance cameras.

Charges included possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, first-degree burglary, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession of firearm ammunition by person prohibited, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful discharge of any firearm within the city and disorderly conduct.

• Amos Small was indicted on second-degree arson, third-degree burglary, and reckless burning or exploding for an alleged incident involving an unoccupied Capital School District bus on Dec. 26, 2017.

Dover Police worked with the City of Dover Fire Marshal’s office to investigate $166,000 in damage to an RV and $16,000 to a bus parked in the 600 block of Clara Street in Dover, authorities said. Surveillance footage of the property and nearby downtown area aided in the probe, police said, and still photos were posted on social media, leading to multiple anonymous tips.

Mr. Small, 37, was arrested on Feb. 13 and released on unsecured bond, police said.

• Antonio Powell was indicted for first-degree robbery and other charges following an alleged incident at a DART Bus Station on South Queen Street in Dover on March 1.

Police said a 51-year-old female was approached by two suspects, pushed to the ground and assaulted before her cell phone was taken.

Mr. Powell, then 29, was later arrested and also charged with second-degree conspiracy, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, third-degree assault, criminal mischief and terroristic threatening.

• Curtis J. Kearney, of Hartly, was indicted on drug and weapon charges that followed a Probation Administrative Search of his residence on Jan. 25, according to police.

Police said drug paraphernalia was allegedly seen in plain view during the visit, and a search then located 18 bags of heroin, 1.5 dosage units of Xanax, additional drug paraphernalia and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun allegedly reported stolen in October 2017.

Mr. Kearney, 28 at the time, was indicted on charges of possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession of firearm ammunition by person prohibited, illegal possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, third-degree conspiracy, and receiving a stolen firearm.

• Quadir Mosley-Thomas was indicted on weapons-related counts connected to a Feb. 1 Dover Police investigation in the 400 block of South New Street.

Police alleged that Mr. Mosley-Thomas, 24 at the time, ran from officers to the back of a nearby restaurant, allegedly attempting to hide a loaded .25 caliber handgun. He was quickly taken into custody without further incident, authorities said.

Charges included possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession of firearm ammunition by person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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