SPD investigators have arrested an employee of the Smyrna school district for an unlawful sexual relationship involving a 17 year old minor student. In the beginning of May, detectives were notified of a potential inappropriate relationship involving district employee Karen Brooks, 38 of Dover, DE (assigned to the Smyrna Middle School) and a 17 year old male student of the district. Through exhaustive investigation, detectives were able to determine that the suspect engaged in unlawful sexual acts with the victim on multiple occasions. On June 1st, detectives took Ms. Brooks into custody without incident and formally charged her with 2 counts of Rape 4th Degree/Sexual Intercourse with a Victim under 18. Ms. Brooks was processed and arraigned on these charges via video court in JP #2. Ms. Brooks was issued a $40,000 secured bond pending a future preliminary court hearing. At this time, Ms. Brooks remains free on bond. It is not believed that any unlawful acts occurred on any Smyrna School District property. This investigation remains active and ongoing and no further details will be released at this time in order to preserve the integrity of the case.
The Smyrna Police Department will again be hosting our annual Junior Police Academy this summer. The academy is for students grades 5 through 8. This year’s academy is being hosted July 10th-July 21st. Please remember that the academy is for individuals who have an interest in police service, community, government, and/or, a general appreciation for public service. The JPA is not a boot camp or a type of scared straight program for youth who purposely do not follow rules. Please see the attached application below which may be turned into our School Resource Officers, or at the Smyrna Police Dept. Applications are due by June 5th. Please direct all questions/comments/concerns to our SRO’s, Det Weller and Det Carrigan.
A 67 year old man was shot in the buttocks on Lincoln Street late Thursday night, resulting in non-life threatening injuries. On 5/11/17 at approx. 2200 hrs, SPD responded to the unit block of Lincoln St for a report of a shooting. Investigation revealed that a group of people standing near a car were shot at by unknown Suspect(s). A 67 year old male was transported to KGH where he was treated and released and a parked car suffered damage. This investigation remains active and ongoing and there is no further information to release at this time. Any persons with information on this incident are urged to contact SPD Detective Bill Davis at 302-653-9217.
SPD officers were able to talk down an emotionally unstable, suicidal man on Monday night. On 4/24/17 at approx. 6 p.m. SPD officers responded to the 600 block of W South St for a report of a suicidal subject. Officers were able to make contact with a 39 year old male inside of the residence who was threatening to do harm to himself and refusing to come out. No one else was inside of the home. As a precaution, after initially being unable to talk the man down, SPD’s Special Tactics and Response (STAR) team responded to the area with assistance from City of Dover Police’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT). Officers continued talking to the man and at approximately 8 p.m. he exited the home unarmed and was taken into protective custody peacefully. He was then transported to Kent General Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. The subjects name and photo will be withheld as he is not being charged with any crimes.
SPD investigators have taken a local 15 year old into custody following an afternoon shooting that occurred over the weekend. On Saturday, April 22nd at approximately 4 p.m. SPD officers responded to the parking lot area of Trevi Restaurant in the unit block of E Glenwood Ave for a report of a shooting victim. Upon arrival, SPD patrol officers provided medical aid to a 19 year old male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper torso area. This victim was later transported to KGH for treatment of the gunshot wound and has since been released. Investigation determined that 2 local 15 year olds shot the victim in the parking lot area outside of the restaurant due to an ongoing dispute over property. Detectives worked quickly to identify the shooter as Adryan Jean-Baptiste, 15 of Smyrna. His accomplice has been identified as Micah Rothwell, 15 of Smyrna. Adryan Jean-Baptiste turned himself in to the Dover Police Dept. on 4/25/17. He is being charged with Attempted Murder 1st Degree, Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a felony, Carrying a Concealed deadly weapon, and Conspiracy 1st degree. He is currently awaiting arraignment on these charges and no bond information is available. Micah Rothwell is currently wanted by the Smyrna Police Dept. for charges of Attempted Murder 1st degree, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and Conspiracy 1st degree. Micah Rothwell should be considered armed and dangerous. If you know of his whereabouts, call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Tipsters may remain anonymous. If there are any witnesses to this crime or persons with information who have not already been interviewed, they are encouraged to contact SPD Detective Bill Davis at 302-653-9217. This investigation is active and ongoing and no further details will be released at this time.
(No photo available of Adryan Jean-Baptiste)
Smyrna Police arrested a couple in reference to a domestic dispute they were investigating after the pair returned to the scene of the incident and began fighting in the street. On 3/29/17 at approx. 2200 hrs, SPD officers responded to an apparent fight in the middle of the unit block of E North St. A responding officer recognized Megan Eashum, 30, Camden from her being involved in an earlier domestic dispute at the home. Ms. Eashum was known by SPD officers to hold several local capiases for her arrest. As a Smyrna Police Officer was taking Ms. Eashum into custody, her boyfriend Brandon Pierce, 28, Smyrna approached the officer aggressively. Mr. Pierce was advised to stay back, however he attempted to assault the SPD officer to prevent the arrest of his girlfriend. Responding officers tried to take Mr. Pierce into custody, however he fled on foot onto East St.
A responding Smyrna Police K9 team began pursuing Mr. Pierce in their vehicle when he fled behind a building. At this time, SPD K9 Rex was deployed by his handler to apprehend Mr. Pierce. K9 Rex found Mr. Pierce hiding behind the building and apprehended him. During this K9 apprehension, Mr. Pierce struck K9 Rex and attempted to choke him. He was eventually subdued and taken into custody. After being treated and released for injuries suffered during the apprehension, Mr. Pierce was charged by SPD with Attempted Assault 2nd on a Law Enforcement Officer, Criminal Mischief Over $1000– (damaging a citizen’s vehicle during the fight in the street), Resisting Arrest, Assault 2nd on a Law Enforcement K9, and Disorderly Conduct. He was additionally charged with Offensive Touching and Criminal Mischief from the previous domestic dispute that SPD investigated. Mr. Pierce was arraigned via video court in JP #7 where he was issued a $3000.00 secured bond for charges stemming from the fight and $200.00 unsecured for charges stemming from the earlier domestic dispute. Mr. Pierce was turned over to the Dept. of Corrections in lieu of bond. Ms. Eashum was charged with Malicious Interference with Emergency Communications from the domestic dispute. She was also arraigned on her court capiases via JP #7 video phone. Ms. Eashum was turned over to the Dept. of Corrections in lieu of cash bail for charge as well as capiases.
A Dover man was arrested twice this past weekend by Smyrna Police, both times for drug offenses. On Friday 3/24/17 at approx. 2219 hrs an SPD patrol officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on E Glenwood Ave for a registration violation. While speaking with the driver, William Walker, 71 of Dover and passenger Jennifer Hall, 35 of Smyrna both were observed to be in possession of suspected narcotic pills in plain view. Both subjects were detained and a motor vehicle search revealed several Schedule 2 and Schedule 4 narcotic pills as well as associated drug paraphernalia. Ms. Hall was also found to be locally wanted on a court capias. Both Mr. Walker and Ms. Hall were transported to SPD where Mr. Walker was charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance w/o a Prescription. Ms. Hall was charged with 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance w/o a Prescription and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The pair were arraigned on their charges via video court (JP #7) and released on un-secured bond.
It was later discovered during a post-shift vehicle inspection that Mr. Walker had discarded/hidden more controlled prescription drugs inside of a patrol vehicle while he was detained on Friday evening. Review of in-car cameras confirmed that Mr. Walker was responsible for these found controlled substances. On Sunday 3/26/17 Mr. Walker turned himself into SPD officers where he was additionally charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence and another count of Possession of a controlled substance w/o a prescription. Mr. Walker was again processed and arraigned via video court in JP #7 where he was released on $600.00 unsecured bond pending a future court hearing.
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SPD Officers were able to quickly apprehend a fleeing bank robber following a K9 track after a citizen saw him discard proceeds from the robbery in the downtown area. On Thursday 3/9/17, at approx. 0950 a.m. a suspect entered the Citizen’s Bank located at 5 W Commerce St. This suspect was wearing a disguise (wig, and glasses) when he approached a teller and demanded money. The teller complied, turning over an undisclosed amount of USC. This suspect fled the bank on foot into the downtown Smyrna area. While fleeing the scene, a dye pack hidden with the money exploded inside of his clothing causing the suspect to discard the proceeds from the robbery and begin running away. An alert citizen witnessed this, stayed with the discarded USC and called SPD. SPD K9 Ronin and his handler arrived quickly on scene and began a track for the Suspect based upon the witness statements. This K9 track led officers to a shed in the rear of a home in the 100 block of Lincoln St. Inside of this shed, Officers located clothing covered in dye from the robbery. Officers found Voncel Tate, 31 of Smyrna hiding in the rafters of the roof of this shed. Mr. Tate was ordered down from the rafters where he was taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to SPD where he was charged with Robbery 2nd degree and Wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony. Mr. Tate was arraigned via video court in JP #2 where he was subsequently committed to the D.O.C. in lieu of $12,000 cash only bond pending a future court hearing. The SPD would like to commend the brave and alert citizen whose assistance in this investigation led to a quick and safe conclusion.