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Wanted Harrington Man Caught After Trying to Escape Out Window

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Merlin L. Smith Merlin L. Smith

HARRINGTON, Del.- A wanted Harrington man who tried to climb out of a window to escape authorities was taken into custody over the weekend, police said. 

Harrington police said that while on patrol Sunday, June 26, officers from the Harrington and Felton police departments were contacted to respond to 46-year-old Merlin L. Smith's home on the 800 block of Mason Avenue in Harrington after someone called to report Smith was wanted. 

Police conducted a computer check and confirmed Smith had warrants out of the Harrington Police Department and Delaware State Police, along with three capias.

Police said when officers arrived at the home and knocked on the door, Smith was spotted attempting to escape out a first floor window. Police said when an officer attempted to take Smith into custody, he began resisting arrest before being taken into custody after a short struggle. 

Harrington police charged Smith with criminal contempt of a domestic violence protective order while Delaware State Police charged him
with failure to register as a sex offender within three days of changing address.

Police said Smith’s capias included failure to appears out of Kent County Family Court and Kent County Court of
Common Pleas.

Smith was ordered held in the Sussex Correctional Institute in default of $2,350 cash bond and $500 secured bond. He was also issued a criminal summons for resisting arrest.

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