UPDATE: Police have arrested John D. Bramble, 23, of Laurel, and Jason M. Lineweaver, 18, of Seaford, in connection with the incident. Police allege that the two forced entry into the home and began to physically assault the victim, and that at one point during the altercation, an electronic stun gun was used to temporarily incapacitate the victim. Police further allege that the suspects bound the victim and removed several guns and undisclosed property from the residence and fled on foot to a nearby car being driven by Ashley Wyre, 21, of Seaford, who was also arrested.
The Delaware State Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred early this morning in Lincoln, Delaware. According to police, the incident occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m. this morning when a 48 year old man who was inside his Staytonville Road residence heard someone knocking on his door. Police claim that he man then opened the door and was confronted by two male suspects that forced entry into the home and began to physically assault him, demanding money and property. The suspects are then alleged to have bound the victim, removed undisclosed property from the residence and fled on foot. The victim was able to flee from the residence and went to a neighbor’s house for assistance.
The victim was later transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was treated and released for injuries received during the assault.
If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at Troop 4 at 302-856-5850 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be provided via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com
Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”
Troopers remind the public that the first priority to reducing the risks of becoming a victim of crime, is to become aware of your surroundings and utilize situational awareness when out and about, but also at home. Do not answer the door for strangers, and be on the lookout for suspicious activity in and around your home, to include the neighborhood that you live in. Call the police to reports suspicious activity or something out of the ordinary.”
Troopers offer the below general prevention tips that can be used to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
1. Lock all doors, windows, and garages at all times, when you are home. Criminals look for houses with the easiest entry.
2. Secure your home with solid doors and deadbolt locks. The exterior doors should be metal, metal clad or solid wood, not hollow core.
3. Keep exterior of home well lit.
4. Install a peephole so that you can verify who is on the other side of the door. Never open your door to strangers or solicitors.
5. Install a monitored alarm system with a “panic” feature. If you have an alarm system in your home, activate the perimeter doors and windows while you are in the home. If someone attempts to gain entry, the alarm will sound, giving you time to escape.
6. Keep a cellular or cordless phone available to call 911
6. Have an escape plan in mind for your family. Train family members on where to go and what to say. This plan should include your children. If someone can escape, the invaders will have lost their advantage of privacy and time.
7. Report all suspicious activity to police. If you see something out of the ordinary, call.