Scary Moments During Suspect’s Arrest, Officers Surrounded By Crowd


Laurel – On Sunday, April 22, the Laurel Police Department arrested two juveniles and an adult after they were loitering and trespassing in the Little Creek Apartment Complex, according to Chief of Police Danny Wright.

Wright said during the arrests, 18-year-old Jerziah  Witherspoon of Laurel, DE began to actively resist arrest. A large crowd began to gather and eventually started encompassing the officers who were actively attempting to restrain the defendant.

After arrival of numerous police units, to include Delaware State Police, Delmar Police Department, Seaford Police
Department and Georgetown Police Department officers were able to search the subjects.

During the search of Defendant Witherspoon, 158 bags (1.106 grams) of heroin were located on his person, said Wright. Defendant Witherspoon was arrested for Assault on a Police Officer, two counts of Resisting Arrest with Force, Possession of a Controlled
Substance in a Tier 1 quantity, Possession of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespassing, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Loitering.

Defendant Witherspoon who was currently out on bond from previous drug related charges was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court #3 and committed to the Sussex Corrections Institution in default of a $69,702.00 cash bond. Defendant Witherspoon’s bond from his previous drug arrest was revoked by the Justice of the Peace Court.

The two juveniles were arrested for loitering and Criminal Trespassing and released to their parents.