On 10/30/2018 at approximately 1:34 p.m., the Milford Police Department Patrol Division was dispatched to the parking lot of the Milford Landing Shopping Center in the area of China Wok (941 N DuPont Blvd), Milford, Kent County, DE for a physical altercation. Officers were advised that multiple witnesses observed the suspect striking the victim inside of a vehicle. Officers responded to the scene and made contact with the suspect, identified as Colton Pennell, 20 of Frederica, DE, and the victim. When officers made contact with the victim, they had visible injury to their face and lip. The victim advised that they and Pennell were involved in a verbal altercation inside the vehicle when Pennell began to allegedly strike the victim in the head and face. The victim declined medical treatment. Pennell was taken into custody and transported back to Milford PD.
Pennell was charged with Assault 3rd Degree. Officers also learned that Pennell had a active capias for a Violation of Probation (VOP) out of Sussex County Superior Court. Pennell had a presentment through the Justice of the Peace Court 7 reference to the VOP and Assault 3rd charge. Pennell received a $500.00 USC unsecured bail on the Assault 3rd charge with a no contact order with the victim. However Pennell was committed to the Department of Corrections in default of $5000.00 USC cash bail on the VOP. Pennell was ordered to appear in Sussex County Superior Court and Kent County Family Court at a later date.
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