FELTON, Del. – Felton Police said they arrested a Dover man for resisting arrest and other related charges.
Police said around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday that they were sent to the 300 block of Mayor Lane for a report of an ongoing assault. The first officer Felton to arrive at the scene was greeted by a crowd of people pointing fingers at a man sitting in the street. Felton Police have learned that the man was in fact the suspect in the reported assault.
He has been identified as 19-year-old Matthew James Hawke from Dover. An investigation revealed that Hawke allegedly went to a 58-year-old male victim he did not know and punched him in the face for no reason.
Felton police approached the 19-year-old in an attempt to take him into custody, but he resisted arrest by jumping to his feet and advancing on the officer refusing orders to stop . We are told that a taser was used on Hawke, however, he was still combative with the police. Additional units from the Harrington Police Department, Camden Police Department and Delaware State Police arrived at the scene to assist where Hawke was ultimately taken into custody.
Officials say Hawke kicked and spat at a policeman during the fight. He was eventually held up in the back of a Felton police car and taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Hawke also allegedly ripped off the wiring from the headliner going to the car’s rear camera, disabling the camera.
Upon discharge from hospital, he was arrested for resisting arrest, offensive touching another with saliva, offensive touching, criminal mischief under $ 1,000, and disorderly conduct.
Hawke was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court No. 7, issued a restraining order with the victim, and was released on his own recognizance pending a later court date.