Police: Off-Duty Cop Talked Suspect Released By Mistake Into Turning Himself In

The Department of Correction has announced that Dion Oliver is back in custody. Oliver turned himself into the Wilmington Police Department at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Wilmington Police release a statement regarding the incident:

“Earlier today, Wilmington Police, along with other federal and state law enforcement agencies, worked in cooperation with the Department of Correction taking into custody, Dion Oliver.

Mr. Oliver was safely taken into custody after contacting an off-duty Wilmington Police officer who negotiated with Mr. Oliver into turning himself into Wilmington Police.

Based off of this relationship that the officer had with the community this incident came to a successful and safe conclusion.”

The DOC is thankful for the collaboration with partner agencies who assisted with the search for Oliver.

The reason behind the erroneous release continues to be investigated, said Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Jayme Gravell.

Orginal Story

The Delaware Department of Correction announces Dion Oliver, a detentioner who was being held at Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI) in Georgetown, was erroneously released from the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington at approximately 10:45 a.m. He was last seen wearing all black clothing at 5th and King Streets. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are actively searching for Oliver.

The circumstances surrounding the erroneous release are being investigated, said Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Jayme Gravell.

Anyone with information on this offender is asked to call 911 or their local police department.

Date of release: 10/10/2018
Name: Dion Oliver aka Sadizwakil Aleem, Darke Brown, Sadiq Aleem, Darke Oliver
Date of Birth: 05/29/1980
Last known address: Wilmington, DE
Race/Gender: Black/Male
Height: 5’08”
Weight: 155
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Current Offense: Attempted Murder 1st (4 counts)
Organized Crime & Racketeering (2 counts)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (10 counts)
Assault 2nd (2 counts)
Reckless Endangering (4 counts)
Poss/Purch/Own Firearm (4 counts)
Conspiracy 1st (2 counts)

Last Friday, October 5, 2018, Oliver was indicted by a federal grand jury along with five others.

From the indictment

“David C. Weiss, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging six Delaware men with violent acts that led to the death of an individual identified in the Indictment as “Victim 1,” and grave injury to a Wilmington six-year-old last June.

According to the Indictment, the defendants— Ryan Bacon, Dontae Sykes, Dion Oliver, Maurice Cooper, Michael Pritchett, and Teres Tinnin—stalked an enemy of theirs from May 6 onward. On June 6, several members of the group waited outside their target’s apartment. They ultimately followed and kidnapped Victim 1, the target’s partner, and used her phone to lure the target out of the apartment. They shot at the target, missing him, with Victim 1 in the trunk of one of their cars. The group then transferred Victim 1 from the trunk of one car to another, and two defendants—Bacon and Sykes—drove Victim 1 to Elkton, Maryland, where Victim 1 was shot five times and killed.

The Indictment describes that the group subsequently realized their target was still alive and proceeded to Wilmington. Three of the defendants—Pritchett, Oliver, and Cooper—followed their target into Wilmington, located him near the corner of 6th and Spruce Streets, and shot at him multiple times, again missing him. One shot hit a six-year-old, who was in a nearby car, in the head. The child remains permanently and seriously injured.

If convicted of kidnapping as charged in the Indictment, the defendants face a mandatory term of life imprisonment. If convicted of stalking, the defendants face a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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