Camden man charged in alleged assault of animal

DOVER — A 45-year Camden man shot by a resident on Pony Track Road on Oct. 2, was later charged with burglary, criminal trespass and other alleged offenses, Delaware State Police said Tuesday.

Adelio A. Guzman suffered gunshot wounds to his lower extremities and was found to have allegedly entered the property without permission, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said. Troopers were called to the scene at approximately 9:37 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the case sequence began Aug. 16 when DSP were notified about an alleged burglary to a barn and an apparently injured animal.

A veterinarian was called to the scene and conducted an examination, papers said.

Other possible incidents were suspected by the residents in the following weeks, according to the affidavit, A resident noticed that a video surveillance camera had been turned around on one occasion, police said, and a pitchfork moved from where it had been stored.

The residents added a second camera in the barn to aid the investigation, police said.

Adelio A. Guzman

In the last alleged incident, police said, the residents heard an alarm activate in their barn and went to investigate.

A 73-year-old man and his 65-year-old wife went to the barn and found a man there. The male resident fired a gun and the alleged intruder was struck, authorities said.

Police said Mr. Guzman turned himself in at Troop 3 last Friday.

According to authorities, charges included attempted to commit/engages in any sexual act involving an animal, third-degree burglary (two counts), first-degree criminal trespass (three counts), attempted to commit cruelty animals by killing or injure another person’s animal without consent, cruelty to animals by killing or injure another person’s animal without consent and criminal mischief.

Mr. Guzman was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach where he entered not guilty pleas before Magistrate Larry R. Sipple and was released on $11,750 unsecured bond, according to court documents. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 26.

DSP said the Criminal Investigative Unit continues to investigate the case.

 

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