Man arrested for two Dover robberies in same day

DOVER — The Dover Police Department arrested a 38-year-old man twice on Saturday after they said he committed two separate robberies.

Dover police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the first incident occurred at 7:44 a.m., when Michael Hill entered the Holy Cross Church at 631 S. State St. and was stealing money from a collection container inside the church. When approached by a 68-year-old male from the church, police said Mr. Hill threw him to the ground and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Responding officers located Mr. Hill in the area of South Governors Avenue and Water Street on a bicycle. Police said when he was contacted, he fled on foot. Officers successfully took Mr. Hill into custody without incident. Police said the money that was stolen was found on Mr. Hill and returned to the church.

Mr. Hill was released with the following charges: robbery 2nd degree, resisting arrest, criminal impersonation and disorderly conduct.

Cpl. Hoffman said that at 2:48 p.m., officers responded to the area of South New Street and Reed Street for a report of a robbery. A 34-year-old male was found with an injury to his eye and reported to police that a male suspect had struck him in the eye with a blunt object (possibly a bottle) and demanded money from him.

Police said that, as a female acquaintance attempted to help the male victim into her car, the suspect continued to demand money and lunged at the female with the object in a threatening manner.

When officers obtained the description of the suspect, it matched the earlier description of Michael Hill. The victims in the second robbery positively identified Mr. Hill as the suspect. Officers located Mr. Hill a short time later in the area of Reed Street and arrested him without incident.

Mr. Hill was then committed to SCI in default of $8,900 cash bond on the following charges: robbery 1st degree, assault 2nd degree, possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony and aggravated menacing.

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