Six teens between the ages of 16 and 19 – including a 17-year-old Georgetown resident – are facing a slew of criminal charges in connection with a home-invasion robbery near Bridgeville on Saturday.
According to state police, four of the teens entered a home in the 20000 block of Mill Park Drive in the Coverdale Crossroads neighborhood southeast of Bridgeville at about 1:38 a.m., while two of the teens remained outside.
The four teens who entered the home held the four men inside at gunpoint while demanding cash and other personal belongings, police said.
A physical altercation ensued in which two of the victims suffered minor injuries. At some point, one of the teens also fired his gun inside the house, before all four fled the home, police said.
None of the victims – who included a 21-year-old man, a 23-year-old man, a 28-year-old man and a 39-year-old man – required medical attention, police said.
Troopers responding to the scene stopped two teens walking in the area who matched a description of the suspects, according to Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
Those teens were identified as 17-year-old Bridgeville resident Darrius Miller and 17-year-old Georgetown resident Daquan Porter.
Fournier said investigators later identified the four remaining teens involved as Tyquan T. Matthews, an 18-year-old Laurel man; Phillip L. Brewer, a 16-year-old from Bridgeville; Jason E. Long, a 19-year-old from Bridgeville; and Jervis L. Cox, a 19-year-old from Bridgeville.
State police and officers from the Laurel Police Department found Matthews and Brewer at a home on West Street in Laurel at about 8 a.m. on Sunday. Brewer was taken into custody without incident, but Matthews attempted to flee down a fire escape, police said.
Once outside the residence, Matthews began fighting with a Laurel police officer. A state trooper managed to subdue him with a stun gun, Fournier said.
The Laurel police officer was later treated and released from Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford for injuries he sustained in the confrontation.
Police said Long and Cox turned themselves in to troopers at Troop 5 near Bridgeville on Sunday afternoon.
Each of the six teens is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree attempted robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, home invasion, first-degree burglary, four counts of first-degree reckless endangering, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy.
Matthews also is charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and two counts of criminal mischief.
Long and Cox are each being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $76,000 secured bond. Matthews is being held at SCI on a $79,500 secured bond.
Porter and Miller are each being held at Stevenson House in Milford on a $65,000 bond, while Brewer is being held at the same location on an $81,000 secured bond.