Ocean View police arrest man wanted in Delaware, Florida

Paul N. Owen

OCEAN VIEW – Town of Ocean View police on Friday, March 8 arrested a fugitive sought in Delaware who is also wanted by authorities in Florida in an armed home invasion robbery investigation.

Ocean View police located and arrested Paul N. Owen, wanted in Delaware for failing to appear in Sussex County Superior Court in August of 2018, Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin said.

Owen’s pending charges in Superior Court include third offense DUI, resisting arrest and failing to have a driver’s license. Those charges stemmed from a traffic stop made by Ocean View police on May 25, 2018.

While in custody, it was discovered that Owen was wanted by authorities in Escambia County, Florida, Chief McLaughlin said.

Investigators from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office informed Ocean View police that Owen was suspected of committing a home invasion robbery in Florida on Oct. 11, 2017.  During the robbery, Owen allegedly was armed with a shotgun and wearing a mask. The homeowner was assaulted, and multiple firearms were stolen.

Ocean View police committed Owen to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $9,000 secured cash bond.

Additionally, a detainer was filed on Owen by authorities in Florida for home invasion robbery (armed), use of a firearm during a felony, five counts of theft of a firearm, aggravated assault and committing a felony while wearing a mask.

After his charges in Delaware are adjudicated, Owen will be extradited to Florida.

In 2018, Ocean View officers arrested 79 local and out-of-state fugitives, Chief McLaughlin said.

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