Dover man accused of menacing kids with pellet gun faces separate charges

Russell O. Ewell Jr.

DOVER — A 36-year-old Dover man accused of chasing children with a pellet gun last week is facing separate allegations that he displayed a firearm to people on two occasions on May 23, according to an arrest affidavit.

Russell O. Ewell Jr. was arrested on two felony counts of aggravating menacing in what Delaware State Police described in court documents as “road rage” related incidents on Phoenix and Kentwood Drives.

In a news release last week, Dover Police described a case where Mr. Ewell was alleged to be chasing children ages 6 to 14 with what was later found to be a pellet gun in the 900 block of Whatcoat Drive.

A parent reported the alleged incident to authorities, who reviewed surveillance footage during an ensuing investigation.

In the state police case, Mr. Ewell was given a $5,000 secured bond that was not immediately posted.

He was given a $20,000 secured bond in the Dover Police investigation and then held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

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