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Troopers Make Arrest in Smyrna Home Invasion

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SMYRNA, Del. - Delaware State Police arrested a 41-year-old Dover man in connection with the January 25th home invasion style robbery in Smyrna.

On Thursday March 28, 2013, Detectives out of Troop 3 along with Dover P.D. Drug Unit and Special Operations Response Team executed a search warrant on a residence in the 600 block of Nimitz Road in Dover after information was obtained through comprehensive interviews that Martin F. Smith Sr. was involved in a robbery near Smyrna on January 25th.  Upon arrival, Smith was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 3.  A search of the residence revealed a Tec-DC9 handgun, a 9mm handgun, a .22 caliber handgun, along with various rounds of ammunition.  Martin Smith Sr. was charged with the above offenses and was later committed to JTVCC on $185,000.00 cash only bond.
 
The incident occurred on Friday, January 25, 2013 at approximately 11:40 p.m., as the 38 year old male resident was inside of his house located in the first block of Hedgerow Hollow Road, Smyrna when he heard someone knocking on his front door. The victim opened the door and was greeted by a male suspect who utilizing a ruse, stated that his vehicle had slid into the victim's car in front of the house causing damage. As the victim exited the residence to investigate the damage, he was confronted by a second suspect. Both suspects produced and displayed handguns and demanded money from the victim. The victim complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash and a written prescription for medication to the suspects.
 
Both suspects then escorted the victim back into the residence and demanded more money. A physical confrontation between the victim and the suspects ensued with the victim being struck in the head with the handguns. The suspects then fled the residence on foot in an unknown direction.
 
The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
 
Detectives have determined through preliminary interviews and investigation that this was not a random act, and the victim was targeted in the home invasion.
 
If anyone has any information in reference to the second suspect, they are asked to contact Detective Dan Wright of the Troop 3 at Criminal Investigations Unit at 302-741-2811 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.  Information may also be provided via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com 
 
Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."
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