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.