Police: Man Previously Released On Unsecured Bond Injures Trooper On Sunday

Magnolia – The Delaware State Police have arrested a Magnolia man for an assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest and other related charges, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said the incident occurred at approximately 8:55 a.m., on Sunday, March 31, 2019, when Troopers responded to a residence on Barkers Landing Road in an attempt to locate Lionel Thompson, 28 of Magnolia, who was wanted for multiple thefts.

A Trooper observed the suspect walking onto the porch area of the home and made contact with him. The suspect gave a false name and stated that his name was “Ryan” and attempted to evade the Trooper and enter the house. The Trooper ordered him to put his hands behind his back, which he refused and a physical struggle ensued. The Trooper and the Thompson fell to the wooden porch. Thompson continued to actively resist by striking the Trooper, said Bratz.

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The Trooper sustained personal injury and damage to his equipment while attempting to take him into custody. Lionel Thompson was able to break free and fled into a wooded area. The suspect was later spotted climbing a ladder into a second story window of his residence. Troopers entered the residence and found Thompson hiding in the attic.

The Trooper was transported to the Bay Health at Kent General where he was treated for his non-life threatening injuries and released.

Lionel Thompson was transported to Bay Health at Kent General where he was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital. He was then transported to Troop 3 where he was processed and charged with:

Assault 2nd Injure a Law Enforcement Officer
Resisting Arrest
Criminal Impersonation
Two counts of Criminal Mischief

Lionel Thompson was wanted for several Thefts (Felony) from vehicles and Criminal Trespassing complaints in the Magnolia area which occurred on March 23 and 26, 2019, said Bratz.

Thompson was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute in default of $10,000 secured bond.

Thompson was arrested an released earlier in March after he was charged with Assault Second Degree (Felony) for allegedly biting a man.

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Magnolia– The Delaware State Police have arrested a Magnolia man after he

physically assaulted a victim, Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the incident occurred on March 18, 2019, at approximately 10:16 p.m., when Troopers where dispatched to the unit block of E. Walnut Street, Magnolia for a report of a fight. Upon arrival, Troopers made contact with the victim, a 49-year-old male from Magnolia. The victim advised that he was at his friend’s residence when a subject, unfamiliar to him, entered the house and began arguing with him. The victim and the subject went outside where a physical altercation ensued. The subject then bit the victim causing him serious injury to his hand, said Jaffe. The suspect took off on a bicycle prior to the arrival of the police.

Troopers were able to locate the suspect on his bike in the area. The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Lionel Thompson, was taken into custody without incident. Thompson was transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with Assault Second Degree (Felony).

The victim was transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital with a serious injury to his hand.

Thompson was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and released on $4,000.00 unsecured bond.

Correction: The previous headline indicated that the latest incident occurred on Saturday. It has been corrected to reflect the appropriate day which was Sunday.


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