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Home Invasion Now A Homicide

Milton – Delaware State Police have identified the victim who was assaulted during a home invasion style robbery that occurred at a residence located in the 17000 block of Pettyjohn Road, Milton, on Sunday, November 20, 2016, as James Green, 78.

Mr. Green was pronounced dead on Friday, December 2, 2016, at the Christiana Hospital, where he had been admitted since the incident. The Division of Forensic Sciences has conducted an autopsy and has ruled the death a homicide due to blunt force trauma.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit has assumed the investigation and will continue to conduct interviews as well as examine physical evidence in order to attempt to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident. Additional information and investigative details will be disseminated as soon as it becomes available and the investigation progresses.  No suspect information has been developed at this time.

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Milton – The Delaware State Police are investigating a home invasion style robbery that occurred south of Milton early Sunday morning, according to Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz.

Bratz said that at around 7:30 a.m., Sunday, November 20, 2016  an elderly man was discovered by his neighbor in the 17,000 block of Pettyjohn Road in Milton.  Bratz said the neighbor observed smoke in the area and responded toward the residence, the victim was found outside near the roadway.

According to Bratz the victim was asleep when unknown subjects entered the residence and struck the victim in the head with an unknown object where he subsequently went unconscious.

The victim’s residence was on fire and had to be extinguished by the fire department, said Bratz. The victim sustained serious injuries and was taken to a local area hospital.

Police said that the suspect or possibly multiple suspects were believed to be males. Troopers continue to investigate.

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