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Magnolia Man Arrested for Attempted Robbery

Thaddeus L. Powell Thaddeus L. Powell

MAGNOLIA, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested a Magnolia man accused of assaulting and attempting to rob an employee working at the Linkside Apartments.
Troopers were called to West Birdie Lane in Magnolia on Thursday morning after a 9-1-1 call was placed stating one of the maintenance workers was being assaulted. Police said that as the initial trooper arrived, the suspect, who was later identified as 37-year-old Thaddeus L. Powell, fled into the wooded area behind the complex and down into a marsh.  Troopers, along with officers from Capitol police, Harrington police, and the State Police Aviation Unit, responded to the area and established a perimeter around the marsh.  Within a half hour, Powell finally emerged from the bog and was taken into custody without further incident.

Police said the investigation into the incident determined that Powell walked up to the 50-year-old worker while he was conducting some cleaning outside of an apartment and slapped a soda can out of his hand. Troopers said the male victim, who is a stranger to Powell, started walking away from him toward the office when Powell then struck him in the back of the head and pushed him to the ground. Authorities said that as a struggle ensued between the two, Powell attempted to grab the victim's wallet from his pocket but was unsuccessful. Police said Powell was then able to remove the victim's keys from another pocket and positioned them between his knuckles before continuing his assault on the victim which caused lacerations to his face. 

A 46-year-old female employee attempted to intervene in the alleged attack, but police said Powell pushed her to the ground. Upon getting to her feet, she was able to make the 9-1-1 notification to the Kent County Emergency Operation Center. Investigators said the male victim was eventually able to fend off Powell by kicking him in the groin area and was later transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  The female victim was slightly injured in the mêlée, but refuse treatment.
Powell was transported back to Troop 3 near Camden where he was charged with first-degree robbery, second- and third-degree assault, and resisting arrest. He was ordered held on $74,000 secured bond.

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