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  • 7 charged following investigation into Lincoln home invasion

  • Seven people were arrested this week as a result of a police investigation into a home-invasion robbery in Lincoln on Monday.
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  • Seven people were arrested this week as a result of a police investigation into a home-invasion robbery in Lincoln on Monday.
    The robbery occurred in the 17000 block of Staytonville Road, southwest of Lincoln, about 2:45 a.m. when two men forced their way into the home of the 48-year-old male victim.
    The robbers beat the victim and used a stun gun to incapacitate him before tying him up and making off items from his home, including more than a dozen firearms, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
    The robbers then fled on foot to a nearby car, Fournier said.
    The victim was able to free himself and went to a neighbor's house for assistance.
    Fournier said detectives later identified the two home invaders as 23-year-old Laurel resident John D. Bramble and 18-year-old Seaford resident Jason M. Lineweaver, while the getaway driver was identified as 21-year-old Seaford resident Ashley Wyre.
    Bramble and Wyre were taken into custody Monday at Wyre's home on Coverdale Road near Seaford, where police also recovered 14 guns stolen during the Lincoln home invasion, Fournier said.
    Lineweaver was arrested at his home later that day, he said.
    Each was charged with robbery, assault, home invasion, burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, theft of a firearm, conspiracy and terroristic threatening.
    Bramble and Lineweaver are each being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on a $27,600 cash bail and a $27,600 secured bail, respectively. Wyre is being held at the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in New Castle on a $27,600 secured bail.
    Following those arrests, detectives learned that additional guns stolen during the Lincoln home invasion were sold to 23-year-old Jamal K. Thompson of Laurel in exchange for drugs, Fournier said.
    On Tuesday, officers from various agencies raided a home on King Road in Seaford in search of Thompson.
    While Thompson was not at the home, police did arrest his cousin, 28-year-old homeowner Ariel A. Thompson, after ten bundles of suspected heroin, weighing about 3.25 grams, were discovered at the residence.
    Thompson is charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, maintaining a drug property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    She is being held at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on a $15,500 secured bail.
    State police arrested Jamar Thompson and two other men during a raid at the Quality Inn Hotel at 225 Sussex Highway on Wednesday, Fournier said.
    Thompson and Orrin S. Johnson, a 27-year-old Millsboro resident, were taken into custody in the hotel parking lot, while Tredevon Purnell, a 31-year-old Seaford resident, was apprehended in one of two rooms the trio had rented, Fournier said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Detectives also recovered three handguns and about 2.7 grams of cocaine in one of the rooms, he said.
    Five more guns stolen during the Lincoln home invasion were later found in a wooded area off King Road near Seaford.
    Thompson, Johnson and Purnell each were charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and conspiracy.
    Thompson also was charged with eight counts of receiving stolen firearms. He is being held at SCI on a $74,100 cash bail.
    Johnson and Purnell are each being held at SCI on cash bails of $45,100.

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