The Dover Police Department arrested Michael Hill, 38, twice on Saturday, July 27th, 2019 after committing two separate robberies, according to bo M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer.
Mark Hoffman said the first incident occurred at approximately 7:44 AM when Hill entered the Holy Cross Church at 631 S. State Street and was stealing money from a collection container inside the church. When approached by a 68-year-old male from the church, Hill threw him to the ground and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Hoffman. Responding officers located Hill in the area of S. Governors Avenue and Water Street on a bicycle. When Hill was contacted, he fled on foot before officers were able to take him into custody. The money that was stolen was found on Hill and returned to the church, said Hoffman.
Hill was then released on an O.R. Bond on the following charges:
-Robbery 2nd Degree
Later that day, at approximately 2:48 PM, officers responded to the area of S. New Street and Reed Street for a report of a robbery. A 34-year-old male was found with an injury to his eye and reported to police that a male suspect had struck him in the eye with a blunt object (possibly a bottle) and demanded money from him, according to Hoffman.
As a female acquaintance attempted to help the male victim into her car, the suspect continued to demand money and lunge at the female with the object in a threatening manner. When officers obtained the description of the suspect, it matched the earlier description of Michael Hill, Hoffman said. The victims in the 2nd robbery were able to positively identify Hill as the suspect. Officers located Hill a short time later in the area of Reed Street and arrested him without incident.
Hill was then committed to SCI in default of $8,900 cash bond on the following charges:
-Robbery 1st Degree
-Assault 2nd Degree
-Possession of Deadly Weapon During Commission of Felony