WPD reports: Meth-using thief arrested after chase; dog attack aftermath

By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com

WILMINGTON — The following report is generated from incident reports provided by the Wilmington Police Department. All those arrested are presumed innocent until possibly found guilty in court. Charges may be dropped or changed in court.

Wilmington police recently processed the following reports:

• Police arrested a 27-year-old male for alleged criminal trespass and theft after responding to a breaking and entering report at a Columbus Street residence at 7:53 p.m. on Dec. 1. According to the report, while on the scene, officers saw the suspect climbing over the fence and running away. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect fell into the creek bed where he later surrendered and was apprehended. Police seized multiple items from the suspect, including suspected meth, a flashlight, a knife, and a light bulb that was “modified to be a meth pipe.”

• Police responded to the report of two dogs allegedly biting individuals at a Timber Glen Drive residence at 2:33 p.m. on Dec. 1. According to the report, when police arrived a female subject was holding her dog “by the skin on his neck.” The report indicates the dog’s neck and back were covered with blood. The owner was “crying and saying she was sorry.” After getting the dog’s collar and leash, another officer arrived and talked to the owner of the dog that the other dog attacked. The other dog owners both had bite wounds. The female told police she was in her house and heard a commotion outside. She went outside and saw her dog attacking the neighbors and the neighbor’s dog. The male and female that been bitten by the dog were getting ready to go to Clinton Memorial Hospital when the dog warden arrived. No further information was listed.

• At 1:47 a.m. on Nov. 25, police arrested two subjects — a 21-year-old male and a 34-year-old female — for alleged domestic violence after responding to a disturbance on North South Street. According to the report, the police were told the two were arguing and when authorities arrived they found it to be a domestic incident. No further information on the incident was listed.

• At 9:01 p.m. on Nov. 28, a 43-year-old male was arrested for allegedly resisting arrest and misuse of a 911 system at the 400 block of Belmont Avenue.

• Police arrested a 44-year-old male for allegedly driving while under the influence at 9:20 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the 2400 block of Rombach Avenue.

• Police charged a 25-year-old male with alleged menacing at 12:14 a.m. on Nov. 26 after police responded to an incident at a store on Rombach Avenue. Police were advised that the suspect, who had left the scene, had made threats to two males — ages 29 and 27 — threatening to “kill their families.”

• At 10:55 a.m. on Nov. 26, police received a report of child pornography on a juvenile’s phone that was sent by an adult. An 18-year-old male is listed as the suspect.

• Police received a report of possible child abuse on Nov. 29. A 39-year-old male was listed as a suspect.

• On Dec. 1, a 41-year-old male reported that a 42-year-old male had touched him on the legs, private area and made sexual comments toward him. According to the report, the suspect allegedly said the victim’s brother was “going to rape (the victim).” The victim advised the comments were made a couple weeks ago. When asked why he kept going back to the suspect’s house, it was because “he has no other place to go.”

• At 9:58 a.m. on Nov. 25, police spoke with a 49-year-old female who stated that she believes a person — a 36-year-old male — that had been renting from them has been stealing their mail and also changing her mailing address with the post office. The victim stated they are in the process of evicting the suspect and that she believes he is doing these things out of malice. She advised that she never put in for a change of address and that she was advised by the Postal Service that the address had been changed from her physical address to the apartment where the suspect is currently residing until he is evicted. Police referred the victim to the US Postal Service to make them aware of the situation and advised that they would assist her in getting a US Postal Inspector to look into the matter.


By John Hamilton


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