Police seek assistance in locating home-invasion suspects

Delaware State Police this week were asking for the public’s assistance after a 66-year-old man was assaulted in his home on Squirrel Run Circle, off of Whites Neck Road, in an unincorporated part of Sussex County north of Millville.

According to the DSP, on Jan. 18, about 9 p.m., the unidentified victim had gone into his front sunroom to turn off exterior lights when he was struck in the back of the head with a baseball bat.

The two unknown male suspects riffled through the victim’s pockets but were unable to obtain any items, police said.

Following the assault, the suspects fled in an unknown direction, and the victim was able to place a call to emergency officials. He was later transported to an area hospital, where he was treated for apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

The two unknown suspects were only described as males, and no clothing description could be given.

DSP Public Information Officer Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said that, if the subjects are found, they could face charges for home invasion, attempted robbery and assault.

Fournier said that each home-invasion incident is different, with some being random and other targeted.

“Unfortunately, there is no sure way to avoid becoming a victim of a crime, but remember to always be vigilant when entering or exiting your home. Take notice of things that are out of the ordinary around the exterior of your home and, if possible, install motion-sensing lights outside.”

Even with little known about the suspects, Fournier said it is possible that they will be located.

“There is always a chance that one or both of the suspects may talk about the incident, which may be overheard by someone willing to offer that information to detectives.”

He urged those who may have any information regarding the incident to contact DSP detectives. They should contact Detective K. Archer at (302) 856-5850, ext. 224. Information may also be submitted by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”