Delaware State Police troopers this week charged a 19-year-old Rehoboth Beach man and a 24-year-old Millsboro man in connection with a series car break-ins and a shooting incident that occurred in the Reserves of Nassau development in Lewes in August.
According to the DSP, the incident occurred on Thursday, Aug. 21, about 4 a.m., at a residence in the 17000 block of King Philip Way. They said a 67-year-old male resident of the home was awakened by the sound of the automatic garage door to the residence opening.
The victim, they said, went to investigate and entered the garage area through an interior door of the house and found the exterior garage door partially opened. The victim ducked under the garage door and observed two suspects rummaging through his car located in the driveway, according to police.
The DSP reported that the victim was confronted by a suspect later identified as Montrell T. Burton, 19, of Rehoboth Beach, who was allegedly armed with an unknown type handgun. The suspect allegedly pointed the handgun at the victim and forced him to the ground, police said, and then discharged one round in the direction of the victim.
According to the DSP, the round did not hit the victim, and he was not injured as a result of the gunfire. Burton and a second suspect, since identified as Paris J. Boyer, 24, of Millsboro, reportedly fled the area in a Hyundai Santa Fe with undisclosed property removed from the victim’s car. During the investigation, troopers identified a total of four unsecured vehicles in the development that had been entered and had property removed.
After further investigation into the incident and several other incidents involving thefts from unsecured vehicles that had occurred in the Lewes and Rehoboth areas, DSP detectives were able to identify and connect Burton and Boyer to the Reserves at Nassau incident, they said.
On Thursday, Sept. 4, troopers located Boyer at his residence on Amber Winds Drive, where he was taken into custody without incident. Upon execution of a search warrant for the house and the Hyundai Santa Fe located at the residence, troopers said they discovered property and evidence connecting Boyer to the Reserves at Nassau incident.
On Friday, Sept. 5, troopers were able to locate Burton as he was traveling as passenger in a vehicle in the Smyrna area. Troopers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, and Burton fled on foot into a nearby marsh area along Route 1. He was located by troopers and taken into custody.
Burton was charged with a total of 15 crimes, including Robbery 1st Degree, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited after Conviction of a Violent Felony, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Aggravated Menacing, Reckless Endangering 1st Degree, four counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, four counts of Theft Under $1,500 and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $181,000 cash bond.
Boyer was charged with a total of nine crimes, including four counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, four counts of Theft Under $1,500 and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $17,000 secured bond.
Troopers this week continued to investigate the incident and other incidents involving thefts from unsecured vehicles that have occurred in the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach areas.
The Delaware State Police want to remind people to utilize the following tips:
• Lock your car doors and roll up you windows;
• Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle;
• Leave outdoor lights on in the driveway or have security lighting installed;
• Report any suspicious activity to 911.