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Brothers Arrested in Magnolia Area Home Invasion


MAGNOLIA, Del.- Delaware State Police on Wednesday announced the arrests of two brothers in connection with a violent home invasion that occurred late last month near Magnolia.

Christopher L. Purnell, 23, and Kieran L. Purnell, 18, both of Milford, are each charged with first-degree assault, home invasion, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, criinal mischief over $5,000 and second-degree conspiracy.

The arrests stemmed from an incident that allegedly occurred at around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23. Police said a 22-year-old man was asleep inside his home on the 9000 block of Bay Road when he heard some loud noises inside.

Troopers said that as the victim left his bedroom to investigate the commotion, he was confronted by two unknown males who began asking where someone was. Police said the victim, who was unable to answer their questions, was then punched in the face by one of the males and knocked to the ground.  The two suspects then began hitting the victim with a stick multiple times before fleeing the home in an unknown direction, investigators said.
The victim was able to call 9-1-1 after the assault and was later transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said detectives were able to determine through interviews and the investigation that this was not a random act, and the victim was targeted in the home invasion. Detectives were then able to obtain warrants for the Purnell brothers, who were identified in the investigation as the suspects. 

Christopher Purnell was arrested May 31, after he was stopped by Milford police during a traffic stop. Kieran Purnell turned himself in to troopers on June 2. Christopher Purnell was ordered held in default of $50,000 secured bond and his brother was ordered held on $61,000 secured bond.

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