Dover Police Arrest Five In Connection With Recent Shootings

The Dover Police Department arrested five persons during a search warrant on Monday in connection with two shooting incidents that occurred at Whatcoat Apartments, according to Public Information Office Sergeant Mark Hoffman.

Hoffman said at approximately 3:28 p.m. officers from the Dover Police Department and U.S. Marshal’s First State Fugitive Task Force executed the search warrant in the 900 Block of Whatcoat Apartments. As a result of the search warrant, officers recovered a revolver that was concealed in a toilet, a handgun, and assorted ammunition.

Duwanyae Smith, 23, of Chestertown, Maryland was arrested in connection with a July 24th shooting that injured a 15-year-old. Smith was committed to SCI on a $184,000 cash bond on the following charges from the July 24th incident and the search warrant:
-Possession of a Firearm During Commission of Felony (2x)
-Possession of Firearm/Ammo by Person Prohibited (4x)
-Tampering with Physical Evidence
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Reckless Endangering (2x)

A mugshot of Smith was not available at the time of release, said Hoffman.

Three 17-year-old males and a 16-year-old male were also arrested during the search warrant. Of those offenders, the 16-year-old and one of the 17-year-olds were charged in connection with an August 9th shooting on Whatcoat Drive. Three offenders are from Dover and one is from the Camden, Delaware area.

The two teens were charged with the following offenses relating to the August 9th shooting incident:
-Reckless Endangering 1st Degree (3x)
-Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony

All of the juveniles  were also charged with the following offenses stemming from the search warrant:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Tampering with Physical Evidence
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree

The 16-year-old  was committed to Stevenson Juvenile Detention Center on a $26,500 secured bond.
One of the 17-year-old offenders was committed to Stevenson Juvenile Detention Center on a $49,000 cash bond.
Two 17-year-old offenders were committed to Stevenson Juvenile Detention Center on $26,500 secured bonds.

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