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Wilmington – Delaware State Police are investigating the armed robbery of a Wilmington area Dunkin Donuts that occurred early this morning, according to Public Information Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said the initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at approximately 4:15 a.m., as two male suspects entered the Dunkin Donuts located at 2706 Concord Pike, Wilmington.

The first suspect, who was armed with a handgun, confronted an employee of the business and demanded money from the cash register, according to Bratz. The employee complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to him. As the suspects then exited the business the armed suspect discharged his weapon and fled in an unknown direction, said Bratz. There were no injuries.

The suspects were described as male approximately 20-30 years of age with one suspect armed.


Lincoln – The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a shots fired complaint that occurred last night near Lincoln, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier.

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Fournier said troopers responded to the area of Crabapple Lane around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday June 21, 2017 after 9-1-1 calls were received about multiple gunshots heard in the area. Upon the troopers arrival, a radio broadcast described a fleeing vehicle as a white passenger car, which was observed by a trooper in the area of Pine Road just east of Greentop Road.

The trooper was able to make a U-turn as the vehicle passed by and upon catching up to the car, it was left abandoned in roadway with the passengers taking off on foot, according to Fournier. Information regarding the identification of one of the occupants was located inside the white Toyota Avalon. Within a half hour, that suspect, who was identified as Turrell D. Bowe, 25 of Milford, was taken into custody after he was located in the area.

The investigation revealed a female victim had driven to a residence in the 19000 block of Crabapple Lane sometime around 9:00 p.m. with a friend. The female stayed in the car while the friend entered into the house. The female heard gunshots and saw three or four subjects approach her car. One of the suspects, armed with a handgun and a mask covering his face, opened her door and pulled her from the car and removed her cell phone before they fled the area, said Fournier. The female victim was uninjured and the friend she arrived with had driven away in her car.

Turrell Bowe was transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was charged with Robbery 1st, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy 2nd, and Resisting Arrest. He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $35,000.00 cash bond.

The other two or three suspects were only described as males wearing dark colored clothing with masks covering their faces. Possibly armed with unknown type handguns.

No victims of the gunfire were located.


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Magnolia – Troopers have arrested two and are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a third in an overnight investigation into a Magnolia area shooting complaint, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier.

Fournier said the incident occurred around 12:35 a.m. Thursday June 22, 2017, when a 9-1-1 call was received from a female at a residence in the 400 block of Cherry Drive East, Paris Villa Development stating her ex-boyfriend had just driven by and shot at the house.  None of the seven people, including two other adults and four children, were injured when the gunfire took place, although the house was struck at least three times.

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The Cadillac that was used in the incident was found a short time later, abandoned on Lochmeath Way, said Fournier. A Camden Police Officer observed three subjects walking along the road not far from the car and when he attempted to make contact with the trio, one of the suspects, later identified as Marc A. Romano, 27 with a last known address in Newark, fled on foot, according to Fournier.  Juan A. Matos, 19, and Jason D. Gilbert, 19, both of Philadelphia, were taken into custody without incident.

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Gilbert and Matos were both transported back to Troop 3 in Camden where they were both arrested for seven counts of Reckless Endangering 1st and Conspiracy 2nd.  Matos was additionally charged with Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony.  They were arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $28,000.00 cash (Matos) and $8,000.00 secured (Gilbert) bonds.

Marc Romano, who is the female’s ex-boyfriend and believed to be the shooter, is wanted for Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, seven counts of Reckless Endangering 1st, and Conspiracy 2nd.

Image Credits: File, Delaware State Police

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