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Del. State Police Investigate Three Home Invasions in 24 Hours

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DOVER, Del. - A rash of home invasions in Kent and Sussex counties has some residents of those counties concerned.      

Arthur Shoates of Dover lives just a few houses away from where an attack happened shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday along Briar Lane.

"I don't know what to think of it. It's kind of scary you know, because I have two children," said Shoates.

Shoates said he has lived in the Briar Park development for about 10 years and has never witnessed any type of crime like home invasions.

"In this neighborhood, things like that don't happen," said Shoates.
 
According to Delaware State Police, four masked men forced their way into the home and tied up the parents of a 29-year old man who was brutally beaten. The victim tells WBOC his attackers came for money.

Neighbors like Bob Sells call the crime surprising.

"In this particular area we haven't luckily had too much of a problem. It was unexpected," said Sells.

Police said two more home invasions happened within 24 hours.
       
The first happened at 2:57 a.m. along Maple Oaks Lane, west of Kenton in Kent County.  According to police, two men, one armed with a shotgun, forced their way into the home. They found a 32-year-old man in the bedroom and demanded money. Investigators said when the victim handed over his wallet, he jumped through a bedroom window to escape. He was taken to a hospital and released.

Another home invasion occurred in Sussex County.

According to police, it happened at 6:35 a.m. along Foxglove Run in Lewes. In that incident, a woman was shot with a single bullet to the head. Investigators said the woman's 12-year old daughter witnessed it. Police tell WBOC the woman is listed in stable condition.

"These cases are not random acts," said Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police. "These are targeted victims, not speaking on behalf of these particular cases, but on speaking on cases in the past. Most cases have had some sort of drug activity."

Fournier also said the public should not live in fear.

"There should be no fear for the public's safety in those neighborhoods. We want to make them feel easy that if something is going on in their neighborhood, please report it right away. We have many avenues that you can use in order to report illegal or suspicious activity," said Fournier.

Neighbors like Shoats say they just those involved caught and brought to justice.

"I hope that whoever did it answers for it," said Shoates.

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