Three men arrested in Frankford attempted murder


Three Selbyville men turned themselves into police on Monday, Nov. 10, in relation to incidents in Frankford on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 6 and 7 – including an alleged attempted murder.

According to the Delaware State Police, a group of nine people – including an 8-year-old child – were inside a shed at one of the victims’ homes on Blueberry Lane in Frankford on Thursday, Nov. 6, around 10 p.m., where some of the group was playing cards.

Police said one of the victims was outside, sitting in a vehicle, when a man approached him, pointed a handgun at him and demanded money. At the same time, police said, three other suspects entered the shed with handguns and confronted the other victims, also demanding money.

A single shot was fired into the ceiling of the shed prior to the suspects fleeing, according to the DSP. After fleeing the shed, the suspects entered the residence next to the shed by kicking in the door, police said, and when the suspects determined there was no one inside the residence, they fled the area with an undetermined amount of money.

The suspects were described only as four black males.

Then, on Nov. 7, about 10:30 p.m., as police continued to investigate the Nov. 6 incident, state troopers were called to the same home on Blueberry Lane, in reference to a fight in progress. Upon their arrival, troopers said, they observed numerous individuals fleeing the area.

Initial reports from the scene, they said, indicated Friday night’s fight was related to the previous night’s robbery and may have happened in retaliation for the robbery. While investigation of the fight continued, police were called to Knox Street in Frankford in response to a report of a male subject who had been stabbed.

When troopers arrived at Knox Street, they found a 40-year-old male victim with four stab wounds. The man was transported to Beebe Medical Center, where he was treated and admitted for observation.

According to police, earlier in the evening, the stabbing victim had been seen at the Blueberry Lane address, arguing with a subject identified as Vaughn “Mike” Griffin, 29, of Frankford. Griffin had allegedly told the victim that he was coming back to get him. Griffin then left the scene, police said.

Approximately 15 to 20 minutes after Griffin left, police reported, he returned with two vans and a vehicle full of people. Multiple subjects exited the vehicles and a large fight ensued, police said.

According to police, three of the men – Jeremiah Handy, 23, of Selbyville; Timothy Morris, 25, of Selbyville; and Griffin – along with several other unidentified subjects, charged directly at the victim and start hitting him. The victim fell to the ground, police said, and after several minutes the fight started to disperse.

The victim got back to his feet and had a friend give him a ride to the area of Knox Street, police said. Once at Knox Street, the victim collapsed, and it was apparent he had been stabbed. A call was then made for emergency services.

Police obtained warrants for Handy, Griffin and Morris in connection with the alleged attempted murder on Nov. 7. Police said Morris was also wanted on six other active capiases out of Sussex County courts.

The three men turned themselves in to DSP Troop 4 on Monday.

Jeremiah Handy was charged with Attempted Murder, first degree; Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony; and Conspiracy, first degree. He was remanded to Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $101,000 secured bond.

Vaughn Griffin was charged with Attempted Murder, first degree; Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony; Conspiracy, first degree; and Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited. Griffin was remanded to Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $77,000 secured bond.

Timothy Morris was also charged with Attempted Murder, first degree; Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony; Conspiracy, first degree; and Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited. Morris was remanded to Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $134,000 secured bond.

Detective Kelly Wells at DSP Troop 4 in Georgetown confirmed mid-week that one of the men who were arrested in connection with the Nov. 7 attempted murder was among the victims at the card game on Nov. 6. With the investigation of the robbery ongoing, she was unable to disclose which of the three men that was.

Wells said detectives investigating the two incidents continued to believe that the incidents might be related but did not know for certain that they were, and she was unable to comment on how they might be related. A robbery on Nov. 7 on Ocean Air Drive in Frankford was unrelated to either of the other incidents, she said.

Information is still being sought on the Nov. 6 robbery, Wells noted. Anyone with information on that incident or related incidents is being asked to call DSP Troop 4 at (302) 856-5850 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.