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Man Charged in Milford Attack

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MILFORD, Del.- Milford police say they have arrested a Frederica man accused of using a tire iron to smash out the window of a vehicle occupied by another man whom he then assaulted.

Justo L. Melo, 27, is charged with aggravated menacing, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, third-degree assault, criminal mischief under $1,000, disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal trespass.

Melo's arrest stemmed from a domestic dispute that allegedly occurred Wednesday at a home located on Elizabeth Street.  According to investigators, Melo had followed the 25-year-old male victim and a 27-year-old female victim to their home in a separate vehicle. Police said that when the couple arrived, Melo pulled in the driveway behind their vehicle, then got out of his vehicle and walked up to the other vehicle.

Authorities said Melo then began punching the vehicle window and demanded that they both get out of the vehicle. Melo then pulled out a tire iron from his vehicle and began striking the passenger side window where the male victim was seated, police said. Investigators said Melo then broke the window, shattering the glass and causing injury to the male victim's face.

As the male victim exited the vehicle, Melo continued to assault him and also bit him, according to police.

Melo was gone by the time officers arrived on the scene. The female victim was not injured during the incident. But police said the male victim suffered cuts and bruises to the face, hands, finger and wrist. He was transported to Milford Bayhealth Hospital where he was treated and released.

Following his arrest on the aforementioned charges, Melo was ordered held in default of $29,000 secured bond.

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