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Smyrna Man Arrested for Assault, Threats

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SMYRNA, Del.– Smyrna police have arrested a man accused of assaulting his girlfriend, stealing her vehicle and threatening her family.

Matthew M. Stanford, 50, of Smyrna, is charged with two counts of terroristic threatening, third-degree assault and unauthorized vehicle use.

The victim reported that shortly after Saturday morning, Stanford stole her car after assaulting her in the 400 block of West Glenwood Avenue in Smyrna, according to police. They said Stanford then allegedly threatened to kill the victim, her daughter and her son-in-law.

Officers also recorded the suspect saying he was going to commit suicide or commit suicide by cop, police said.

Officers located Stanford in Dover and took him into custody Saturday afternoon with the help of the Dover Police Department Special Operations and Response Team. Police then took Stanford to Kent General Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation before charging him.

Following his arrest on the aforementioned charges, Stanford was released on $2,000 bond.

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