On March 27, 2021, at approximately 6:10 pm, Lewes Police Department Officers were called to the 800 block of Kings Highway in reference to a domestic-related burglary and stabbing, according to Chief Thomas Spell.
Spell said upon arrival in the complex, officers located a 20-year-old female who was cut multiple times by a known acquaintance, later identified as Jamal Mumford, a male age 24, who was wielding a knife. Lewes Fire Department and EMS responded to treat the victim and she was transported and admitted to Beebe Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The investigation revealed that the suspect came to the complex and began arguing with the female victim in the parking lot. The victim fled into her apartment when Mumford chased her and forced his way inside and cut her multiple times with a small knife, according to Spell. The victim was forced to flee from the apartment by jumping off a second-story rear balcony and she was able to eventually hide inside a neighbor’s residence. Mumford fled the complex, taking the couple’s 10-month-old baby. Spell said the couple was sharing custody.
A broadcast was put out to all agencies in Sussex County and approximately two hours later, Lewes Police observed the vehicle on Kings Highway. A felony-level car stop was conducted with the assistance of Delaware State Police units and Mumford was taken into custody without incident. The 10-month-old was found with family members, unharmed and in good condition, said Spell.
As a result of this incident, Jamal Mumford was arrested and charged with Burglary 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, and Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $90,000 secured bail.