Philadelphia man accused of attempted murder in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN — A 20-year-old Philadelphia man was charged with first-degree attempted murder regarding a July 1, 2018 shooting incident, Middletown Police spokesman Capt. William Texter said.

Marquis James was taken into custody by Middletown and Newark police on Feb. 14 after an arrest warrant was obtained, authorities said. Other charges included four counts of first-degree reckless endangering and aggravated menacing each, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and first-degree conspiracy.

Police said shots were reportedly fired in the area of East Main and South Cox streets after two persons exited a green sedan and approached another vehicle passing by. Several shots were fired into a vehicle with several occupants said. No Injuries were reported.

Mr. James received a total of $277,000 secured bail and was transported to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of bail.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Detective Julia Fabbroni at 376-9959 or Julia.Fabbroni@cj.state.de.us.

Theft of $122,000 alleged against Amazon employee

MIDDLETOWN — A 25-year-old Newark man was charged with theft greater than $100,000 from his Amazon employer, authorities said Thursday.

John Montoro was also charged with two counts falsifying business records and attempted theft greater than $1,500 between July 2018 and February.

The property loss was listed as $102,322.68. According to Middletown Police, an additional attempt to fraudulently obtain $20,000 was unsuccessful.

Mr. Montoro was arraigned and released after receiving a $53,000 unsecured bond.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Detective Adam Starrett at 376-9950 or Adam.Starrett@CJ.State.DE.US.

Poaching, weapon charges follow hunting probe

SMYRNA — A 65-year-old Smyrna man was charged with firearms felonies and deer poaching following an arrest on Monday, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police spokesman Lt. John McDerby said.

Melvin J. Durand was charged with 19 counts of possession, purchase, ownership or control of a firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited for prior violent crime or felony, and one count each of possession, purchase, ownership or control of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited for prior violent crime or felony and possession or transportation of an unlawfully taken antlerless deer.

Mr. Durand was arraigned at New Castle County Justice of the Peace Court 11, where he was released on an unsecured bond.

As a result of the arrest and a search of Mr. Durand’s residence, 18 firearms, ammunition and a compound bow were seized, authorities said.

Domestic argument leads to firearm charges

SEAFORD — A 25-year-old Seaford man was charged with firearms violations following a domestic argument between family members early Thursday morning, Seaford Police spokesman Senior Corporal Eric Chambers said.

According to authorities, Djemsley Florestal was arrested after officers were called to a residence in the 300 block of North Pine Street shortly after midnight. Police said he had possessed a bag that was discarded inside of an outside trash can. When officers located this bag they discovered two revolver handguns, one semi-automatic handgun, a large fixed blade knife and a large amount of ammunition for the handguns, police said.

Mr. Florestal was found to be a person prohibited from possessing and type of firearms or deadly weapons due to previous criminal convictions, authorities said.

Mr. Florestal was presented before Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Department of Correction in lieu of $75,100 cash bail.

He was also found to have several active capias issued for his arrest from the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas and Sussex County Superior Court.

 

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