Weekend rash of gun incidents occurs in Dover

DOVER — Five handguns and a knife were involved in six separate incidents throughout the city from Friday to Monday, police said.

One injury was reported, according to Dover Police, suspects were sought in three cases and three arrests made in incidents that included:

• On Friday at 7:15 p.m, a 42-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint while riding his bicycle from work in front of New Hope Housing at 30 S. New Street, authorities said.

Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman, a spokesman for the police, said “the suspect asked for a cigarette and when the victim pulled a pack out of his pants, the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s belongings. The suspect fled with cash, the victim’s backpack, and bicycle.”

The suspect was described as a 6-foot-2, 230-pound light-skinned black man with afro-style hair, burgundy fleece jacket and blue jeans.

William Caldwell

• A 29-year-old Dover man was arrested after allegedly firing two shots in the air and pointing a firearm at his ex-girlfriend. The alleged incident occurred in the first block of South New Street at 12:47 a.m. Saturday Police said patrol officers heard what were believed to gunshots but did not initially locate their source.

About an hour later, authorities said, a 30-year-old woman went to the police department and claimed that William Caldwell had arrived at her home unwanted. Once inside, police said, the woman reportedly confronted her ex-boyfriend, who allegedly pointed a handgun before going outside.

Police said Mr. Caldwell allegedly fled in a silver Mitsubishi Galant. The alleged incident was partially recorded on downtown surveillance cameras, police said.

An arrest warrant was obtained, police said, and Mr. Caldwell was taken into custody at his home at 773 Slaughter St.

Charges include possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, second-degree criminal trespass, endangering the welfare of a child, disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing.

Mr. Caldwell was held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in lieu of $47,001 secured bond.

Jawan Custis

• Around 5:03 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to the Dover Mall for a reported suspect carrying a handgun. Officers spotted an unoccupied silver Buick LeSabre resembling a description made in the call, police said.

Officers checked inside the mall at 1365 N. DuPont Highway for a suspect, police said. They saw Jawan Custis, of Felton, walking in a food court with another man. Police said Mr. Custis exited to a parking lot and police said he squatted down between two vehicles before allegedly taking a handgun from his pants and hiding it under a vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident.

A loaded .380 handgun was allegedly found where Mr. Custis had been seen squatting, police said.

“During the investigation, it was also determined that Custis was under the influence of alcohol and had been driving the Buick LeSabre,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

Charges include possession of a firearm while under the influence, DUI, possession of a firearm/ammunition by person prohibited (two counts), carrying a concealed deadly weapon and breach of conditions.

Mr. Custis was committed to JTVCC in default of $8,800 secured bond.

• Two homes on Stevenson Drive in the Manchester Square neighborhood were struck by gunfire Sunday at 4:02 a.m. Officers called to the scene found the residences were occupied at the time and were struck a combined three times. No injuries were reported, police said.

“Several shell casings were located from the area of White Oak Road and Stevenson Drive,” Cpl. Hoffman said. “Witnesses reported seeing a light-colored sedan fleeing westbound on White Oak Road after the shooting.”

Gerald Bonanni

• A 51-year-old Camden man was arrested after he allegedly displayed a handgun toward another person during a supposed road rage incident at 4:36 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Police alleged that the incident began when a vehicle driven by Gerald Bonanni reportedly pulled in front of another vehicle and forced it to suddenly brake in the area of U.S. 13 and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Mr. Bonanni then allegedly extended his middle finger to the other driver, according to authorities.

A verbal spat ensued as the drivers approached a red light at an intersection, police said. Mr. Bonanni allegedly produced a handgun.

The other driver then called police and gave information on his location, police said. Mr. Bonanni and his white Chevrolet Silverado truck were located in the Kohl’s parking lot at 299 N. DuPont Highway. He was taken into custody without incident.

A loaded 9mm handgun was taken from the truck, police said.

Charges include possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and aggravated menacing. Mr. Bonanni was released on $33,000 secured bond.
• A 45-year-old Rite Aid employee was cut by a knife in the left arm during a robbery Monday at 4:39 a.m.

Police said an unknown black man was initially seen shoplifting in the store at 1580 S. DuPont Highway when confronted by an employee. The man pulled a knife from his jacket, approached the employee and wounded him, police said.

The employee and suspect engaged in a physical struggle and went to the floor, police said. But the suspect then escaped. The suspect left the area in a white Nissan Pathfinder driven by a white female, police said.

Police ask anyone with information on the incidents to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous.

Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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