Voncel Tate, 31, Smyrna
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.
Brahim Wright, 38, Dover DE
SPD has charged one person following a late night traffic stop that yielded a large seizure of phencyclidine (PCP). On 1/29/17 at approx. 0029 hrs an SPD patrol officer observed a vehicle traveling on Rt 13 S/B in the area of S Main St that had a suspended registration. A traffic stop was performed where it was determined that the vehicle would be impounded due to registration, license, safety and insurance issues. As SPD officers continued their on scene investigation, a rear seat passenger, identified as Brahim Wright, 38 of Dover was found to be in possession of a glass jar containing a large amount of suspected phencyclidine (PCP). All 3 occupants of the vehicle were detained and their motor vehicle was impounded. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Wright possessed approx. 2 fluid ounces or 59.15 grams of PCP. The driver of the vehicle was released with numerous traffic summonses. Mr. Wright was arrested for Possession of a controlled substance (PCP) in a tier 5 quantity (trafficking). He was arraigned via video court in JP #7 where he was given a $30,000 cash only bond. Mr. Wright was then committed into the custody of the Dept. of Corrections in lieu of this bond pending a preliminary hearing in Kent County Superior Court.
Usef Dickerson, 30, Middletown, DE
Smyrna Police are actively searching for Usef Dickerson, 30 of Middletown, DE after an early morning vehicle pursuit. On 1/28/17 at approx. 0348 hrs an SPD officer on patrol attempted to stop a Ford Taurus for registration violations on Rt 13 in the area of Jimmy Dr. Before being able to contact the operator of this vehicle, it fled the traffic stop at a high rate of speed. SPD intimated a vehicle pursuit onto SR 1 north bound and eventually onto Rt 13 north bound just north of Smyrna town limits. This vehicle pursuit was terminated when speeds became excessive in the area of Rt 13 and Blackbird Forest Rd. The vehicle was later discovered by DSP Troop 9 officers in the area of Union Church Rd abandoned and crashed. Through investigation, SPD has identified Usef Dickerson as the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle during the pursuit. He is currently wanted by the Smyrna Police Department for Disregarding a Police Officer’s signal and various traffic charges. Mr. Dickerson is also wanted by Delaware State Police Troop 2 for fleeing a previous unrelated collision in their jurisdiction as well as several court capiases. Mr. Dickerson should be considered dangerous and has made statements that he will avoid going back to jail at all costs. If members of the public see or know of Mr. Dickerson’s whereabouts they are asked to call SPD at 302-653-9217, dial 911 or provide tips to Crime Stoppers at http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com/, or by calling 1-800-TIP-3333. Callers may remain anonymous.
Phillip Hardin, 25, Smyrna
Members of the SPD patrol division arrested a robbery suspect Thursday evening after responding to a hold up alarm at a local business. On 12/29/16 at approx. 9:30 p.m. SPD units responded to Reba’s liquors located at 111 E Glenwood Ave in reference to an active hold up alarm. Upon arrival to the business, employees were observed scuffling on the floor with a white male later identified as Phillip Hardin, 25 of Smyrna. Mr. Hardin was taken into custody without incident. It was determined that Mr. Hardin entered the store armed with a folding knife while wearing a mask and demanded money from the clerk at the register. This clerk and another employee then scuffled with Mr. Hardin over a bag of money that he attempted to remove. Employees tripped the holdup alarm, alerting SPD to the incident. Mr. Hardin was also found to be in possession of illegal prescription narcotics. SPD investigators charged Mr. Hardin with the following crimes;
Robbery 1st degree, Wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, Aggravated menacing, 2 counts of Offensive Touching and Possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
Mr. Hardin was presented before Justice of the Peace Court #7 where he was committed to the James T Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $32,200 secured bond. It was also determined by SPD investigators that Mr. Hardin was a suspect in a robbery that occurred just prior to this one outside of town limits. Mr. Hardin was charged accordingly by the Delaware State Police for that incident.
Area where Victim was found
SPD investigators are seeking help from the public regarding an ongoing assault investigation. On Saturday December 17th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. patrol units responded to the parking lot of Pat’s Pizza at 41 E Glenwood Avenue for a reported assault which had just occurred. Officers contacted a 61 year old white female who was approx. 5’6 and 105 pounds with brown/grey hair. She was wearing a white coat and blue jeans. This female victim reported that an unknown black male who was tall and wearing dark clothing assaulted her somewhere in the area. The incident possibly occurred in between the Bridgeway restaurant parking lot and the Pat’s parking lot. Witnesses on scene did not observe any assault prior to contacting the female victim. The victim remains hospitalized with a serious head injury. Anyone with information about the suspect, the incident in question or who had contact with the female victim at any time on the night in question are urged to contact Smyrna Police Detective Cooper at 302-653-9217. Tips may also be submitted via social media to SPD or via Delaware Crime Stoppers http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com/. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
Malcom Casson, 23, Camden
Quintin Lowman, 37, Harrington
Daryl Glover, 53, Smyrna
SPD investigators made 3 arrests for serious felonies after investigating a stabbing which occurred in the unit block of E Mt Vernon St. On 8/19/16 at approx. 0206 hrs a male walked into the SPD lobby with injuries to his upper torso complaining that he had just been stabbed by an acquaintance. Patrol officers administered first aid until the Victim was transported to KGH for his injuries by EMS personnel. Investigators determined that Malcom Casson, 23 of Camden DE and Quintin Lowman, 37 of Harrington DE responded to a residence in the unit block of E Mt Vernon St and engaged in a fight with Daryl Glover, 53 of Smyrna. During the fight, all 3 Suspects used knives, with Mr. Glover and Mr. Lowman suffering serious injuries. Investigators took Mr. Casson and Mr. Lowman into custody at KGH hospital. Mr. Glover was also taken into custody after being treated for his injuries. While in SPD custody, Mr. Lowman attempted to escape from the building. The exact reasons behind this fight are still unknown at this time. All 3 Suspects have been medically cleared. The Suspects were each charged and arraigned via video court in JP #2 with the following crimes
Malcom Casson: Attempted Manslaughter, Assault 1st degree, Possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, Conspiracy 2nd degree (Committed to DOC for lack of $151,000 secured bond)
Quintin Lowman: Attempted Murder 1st, Assault 1st degree, Possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, Escape 2nd degree, Conspiracy 2nd degree, Theft under $1500 (Committed to DOC for lack of $203,000 secured bond)
Daryl Glover: Assault 1st (Committed to DOC for lack of $25,000 secured bond)
Marquis Lewis, 23, Townsend
Smyrna Police on patrol recently apprehended a man wanted by the Middletown Police Department as well as Kent County CCP with an illegally concealed handgun after a traffic stop. On 8/3/16 at approx. 1016 hrs an SPD officer stopped a motor vehicle for traffic violations on S Carter Rd. Officers contacted the driver, Marquis Lewis, 23 of Townsend. Officers detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle while speaking with the occupants. Mr. Lewis and his adult passenger were detained while a vehicle search was conducted. This search revealed an illegally concealed 9mm handgun which was loaded, located in a bag behind the passenger seat. Officers also located a small amount of marijuana which belonged to the passenger. Mr. Lewis was taken into custody and transported back to SPD where he was charged with the following crimes;
Carrying a concealed deadly weapon
Driving while Suspended
Possession of a Suspended License
In addition to these charges, Mr. Lewis was wanted by the Middletown PD for Driving while Suspended, Criminal Mischief under $1500 and Disorderly Conduct. He was also wanted on a capias from Kent County CCP. Mr. Lewis was arraigned for all of these charges via video court in JP #2. He was issued $3,250 total unsecured bond for his SPD charges, MPD charges and capias. He was released pending a future court hearing. Mr. Lewis’s passenger was issued a citation for civil possession of marijuana.
Kellie Sullivan-McGovern, 39, Smyrna
Smyrna Police investigators recently wrapped up a several months long investigation with the arrest of the treasurer for the Smyrna Parent Teacher Organization (P.T.O.). SPD detectives were notified in March of 2016 of suspected internal thefts. An investigation was launched which culminated in the arrest of Kellie Sullivan-Mcgovern, 39 of Smyrna on August 2nd. Investigators determined that over the course of nearly 2 years, Ms. Sullivan-Mcgovern used a debit card issued to her in her official capacity as treasurer for the organization for unlawful and unauthorized personal purchases. These purchases were made at a variety of locations and for many different items/services such as gas stations, liquor stores, baseball tickets, jewelry, clothing and ATM withdrawals. Ms. Sullivan-Mcgovern was arraigned in person at the Justice of the Peace Court #7 on the following charges;
2 counts of (felony) Theft $1500 or greater
136 counts of Unlawful use of a payment card
1 count of falsifying business records
The total loss to the Smyrna P.T.O. is estimated to be approximately $11,000. Ms. Sullivan-Mcgovern was released on $7,850 unsecured bond after her arraignment pending a future court hearing.
Jarmall Williams, 38, Wilmington
The Smyrna Police Dept. is seeking help in locating Jarmall Williams, 38 whose last known address is on Todds Lane in Wilington. Mr Williams is also known to frequent the Smyrna area and has also been known to use the name James Williams. On 7/27/16 at approx. 0040 hrs SPD officers responded to the area of the Salvation Army store parking lot located at 16 E Mt Vernon St, Smyrna for a report of a motor vehicle collision with injuries involved. Upon arrival, Officers located a female victim who had been struck by a vehicle which fled. This victim was suffering from serious trauma to her lower extremities and she has since been admitted to the hospital for treatment. Extensive investigation and interviews revealed that Jarmall Williams intentionally struck the Victim with the motor vehicle he was driving and then fled the area. Investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Williams charging him with the following crimes;
Assault 1st degree
Reckless Endangering 1st degree
Leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury
Driving while Suspended
Failure to report a collision resulting in injury
If you have any information on Mr. Williams whereabouts please contact Detective Cooper from SPD at (302) 653-9217 or contact us via private message on social media. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
Zymir DIggs, 21, Smyrna
SPD officers recently seized a .32 caliber revolver following a traffic stop for motor vehicle violations. On 7/23/16 at 0145 hrs an SPD officer on patrol conducted a traffic stop in the area of Rt 13 and S Carter Rd for observed traffic violations. Upon contacting the 4 occupants of the motor vehicle, evidence of further criminal activity was uncovered. The driver of the vehicle initially provided officers with a false name and was later identified as Zymir Diggs, 21 of Smyrna. The other 3 passengers were two 17 year olds from Smyrna and a 16 year old from Felton. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle which revealed a .32 caliber revolver concealed underneath of a rear seat as well as ammunition for the firearm. All 4 suspects were taken into custody and transported to SPD. Mr. Diggs was charged with the following;
Carrying a concealed deadly weapon
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Driving without a valid license
Expired temporary registration plate
Failure to have proof of insurance
Mr Diggs was also found to have a capias from the Kent County CCP. Mr. Diggs was arraigned via video court in JP #7. He was committed into the custody of the Dept. of Corrections in lieu of $1,253 secured bond. The 3 juveniles were each charged with Carrying a concealed deadly weapon and Conspiracy 2nd degree. The juvenile suspects were all released into the custody of their parents pending future hearings in Family Court.