Two charged after Magnolia home invasion

Paul Dixon III

Terry R. McIntire Jr.

MAGNOLIA — Two arrests followed a Wednesday night home invasion inn the unit block of Whispering Lane, Delaware State Police said.

The alleged incident occurred at approximately 8:15 p.m. when troopers were dispatched, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said. Prior to arriving at the scene, a trooper observed a suspect matching the description provided, fleeing the area, police said. The person, identified as Paul Dixon III, 24, of Magnolia, was taken into custody without incident. A further search of the area with the assistance of Harrington Police, Cpl. Jaffe said, brought the capture of Terry R. McIntire Jr., 18, of Seaford who was hiding in thick briers.

Police alleged that investigation found that Mr. Dixon and Mr. McIntire, who were both wearing disguises covering their faces, had entered the unsecured residence through the front door and confronted a 41-year-old male resident. Mr. Dixon was armed with a stun gun and Mr. McIntire was armed with an airsoft gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun, when they demanded property from the man, police alleged. The man turned over his cell phone, and the suspects proceeded to the rear bedroom where they confronted the homeowner, a 71-year-old male, police said. Mr. McIntire allegedly pointed the airsoft gun at the man and demanded property, police said, at which time pill bottles and a wallet were taken.

Both men were transported to Troop 3 where they were charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, home invasion, aggravated menacing, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy, resisting arrest, and carrying a concealed dangerous instrument. They were arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on $72,000 secured bond.

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