Man Charged With Attacking WAWA Employee Monday

Newark- The Delaware State Police have arrested 41-year-old Matthew Hensley of Newport for felony assault, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Heather Pepper.

Pepper said on June 29, 2020, at approximately 9:35 p.m., troopers responded to 4651 Ogletown Stanton Road for a reported assault. Upon arrival, troopers made contact with the 62-year-old victim of Wilmington. It was determined the victim is the facilities worker at Wawa and was taking the trash out to the dumpster when he observed Hensley panhandling in the Wawa parking lot.

The victim advised Hensley to leave the property when a verbal argument ensued. The argument escalated, and Hensley picked up a glass bottle and threw it at the victim, striking him in the head, causing a small laceration above the right ear, according to Pepper. Hensley then fled the area on foot and was located nearby at a DART bus stop. Hensley was taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 6, where he was charged with Assault 2nd Degree (felony).

Hensley was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court and committed to Howard R Young Correctional Institution on a $2,500.00 cash bond.

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