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Police: Woman Not So Chill At Big Chill Surf Cantina, Facing Felony Charges

Rehoboth Beach- The Delaware State Police have charged 43-year-old Melissa Matthews of East Stroudsburg, PA with Aggravated Menacing after threatening a man with a gun, accoring to Public Information Officer, Corporal/1 Jason Hatchell.

Hatchell said the incident occurred on August 23, 2020, at approximately 1:00 a.m., when Troopers responded to the Big Chill Surf Cantina located at 19406 Coastal Hwy. in Rehoboth Beach in reference to locating a 37-year-old male victim who was being held against his will inside of a pick-up truck. Troopers canvassed the area and located the suspect’s vehicle in a nearby development. Troopers took Matthews, the operator of the pick-up truck into custody without incident.

Further investigation revealed the victim’s vehicle was struck by Mathew’s pick-up truck in the Big Chill parking lot and she refused to exchange insurance information, according to Hatchell. During the confrontation, the victim agreed to sit inside of Matthews’ truck and discuss terms of an agreement. While the victim was inside of the truck he threatened to call the police, so Matthews took off driving down Coastal Highway and refused to let the victim out, said Hatchell. During the encounter, Matthews pulled out a handgun and held it in her right hand while she fled, according to Hatchell. Matthews then got lost in a development and subjects who were witnesses, and also at the Big Chill located the pick-up truck and blocked the vehicle in until police arrived.

The victim did not sustain any injuries from the incident.

A search incident to arrest, Troopers discovered of a loaded Glock-22 .40 caliber handgun inside of the truck.

Matthews was transported back to Troop 7 where she was charged with the following:

Unlawful Imprisonment First Degree (Felony)
Aggravated Menacing (Felony)
Failure to Provide Information At Collision Scene Resulting in Property Damage
Matthews was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Correctional Institution on $7,100 secured bond.


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