Police: Man Facing Felony Charges After Pepper Spraying Teenage Girl

Millsboro- Delaware State Police arrested 21-year-old Mardis L. Powell Jr of Ellendale on assault following an incident on Monday night, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Heather Pepper.

Pepper said on May 10, 2021, at approximately 10:40 p.m., troopers responded to Hollyville Road for a reported assault. The investigation determined the 17-year-old female victim received a call from her acquaintance, Mardis Powell Jr., who requested that she meet him in the parking lot of Carillon Woods Apartments.

When the victim responded, Powell became aggressive with her, and a verbal argument ensued before he took her cellphone, threw it on the ground, and then sprayed her in the face with pepper spray, according to Pepper. The victim and Powell then engaged in a physical altercation in the parking lot before being separated by another individual in the parking lot. The victim got into her vehicle and began to drive away when Powell kicked the side of her 2011 Hyundai Sonata. As the victim left the scene, Powell followed her to her residence and started yelling at her in the driveway before throwing a radio at the rear window, causing it to shatter. Powell fled the area before police arrived. The victim did not require medical attention.

On May 11, 2021, Powell was located and transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with the following crimes:

Assault 2nd Degree (Felony)
Criminal Mischief
Powell was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $10,100.00 cash bond.

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