Del. man ar­rested in home in­va­sion case

Po­lice seek ac­com­plice



— A Delaware man is fac­ing 26 felony charges af­ter he and an ac­com­plice broke into an Elkton-area res­i­dence, fired sev­eral shots, as­saulted the home­owner and stole money and weapons, po­lice re­ported.

Sis­til­lio Q. Popo, 50, of New Cas­tle, Del., is cur­rently be­ing held in a Wilm­ing­ton-area pri­son in lieu of $5 mil­lion bond while he awaits ex­tra­di­tion to Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to a Mary­land State Po­lice re­lease. Popo is fac­ing three counts of at­tempted mur­der, armed rob­bery, rob­bery, first-de­gree as­sault and re­lated charges stem­ming from the home in­va­sion on Wed­nes­day night, po­lice said.

On that night shortly af­ter 10 p.m., Popo and an ac­com­plice en­tered a home in the 300 block of Lo­cust Point Road hold­ing hand­guns. They threat­ened the sole oc­cu­pant’s life, hit him with a weapon and fired a round in the home. Af­ter they took money, firearms and other prop­erty, they fled in a sil­ver 2008 Ford Es­cape, po­lice said.

In the process of flee­ing,


Popo and an ac­com­plice fired sev­eral ad­di­tional rounds at two neigh­bors, who saw the Es­cape parked and tried to stop them from leav­ing. The neigh­bors pro­vided ve­hi­cle, reg­is­tra­tion and sus­pect de­scrip­tions to troop­ers from the North East bar­rack and in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the MSP Crim­i­nal En­force­ment Di­vi­sion, po­lice said.

No in­juries were re­ported and the home­owner re­fused med­i­cal treat­ment at the scene, po­lice said.

Crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tors work­ing with New Cas­tle County Po­lice Depart­ment de­tec­tives found the Es­cape on Thurs­day night and Delaware author­i­ties took Popo into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Af­ter ex­e­cut­ing a search war­rant on Popo’s home, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found the vic­tim’s guns and money as well as suspected mar­i­juana, metham­phetamines, co­caine and pre­scrip­tion pills, po­lice said.

A search war­rant on the Es­cape was also ex­e­cuted and in­ves­ti­ga­tors found one of the hand­guns used in the in­ci­dent and shoot­ing, as well as other “ev­i­den­tiary items,” ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and in­ves­ti­ga­tors are cur­rently look­ing for Popo’s ac­com­plice. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent is asked to call the Mary­land State Po­lice North East bar­rack.

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