Sergeant Paul Shavack


DSP News Release: Delaware State Police Probing Recent Rehoboth Area Robberies/Assaults


DATE and TIME Location(s) Victim Information:

  • Sunday May 29, 2011 2:00 am
  • Hebron Road and Central Road Rehoboth, Delaware
  • 25 year old Philadelphia Pennsylvania man


  • Sunday June 5, 2011 12:40 am
  • Church Street Rehoboth, Delaware (Burton Village)
  • 40 year old Rehoboth Beach Delaware man


  • Thursday June 16, 2011 11:40 pm
  • Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth, Delaware 
  • 19 and 20 year old Rehoboth Delaware women


  • Saturday June 18, 2011 1:50 am
  • Rehoboth Avenue W/O Church Street Rehoboth, Delaware
  • 29 year old New York, New York man
  • 29 year old Malvern Pennsylvania man
  • 26 year old Asbury New Jersey woman


  • Saturday June 18, 2011 6:00 pm
  • Norwood Street N/O Hebron Road Rehoboth, Delaware 
  • 18 year old Lincoln Delaware man
  • 35 year old Rehoboth Beach Delaware man
  • 35 year old Rehoboth Beach Delaware woman


Arrests for June 18, 2011 6:00 pm Assault Only


Defendant(s) Charge(s) and Bond Information:

  • Charged in the Saturday June 18, 2011 6:00 pm assault
  • 16 year old and 17 year old Harrington Delaware teens (both males)
  • 16 year old and 17 year old teens each charged with:
  • Assault Second Degree
  • Conspiracy Second Degree
  • Offensive Touching
  • 16  year old teen released $3,500 unsecured bond
  • 17 year old teen released to custody of a parent $10,000 unsecured bond


  • John M. Boyer-48 Harrington, DE
  • Assault First Degree
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited
  • Conspiracy Second Degree
  • Sussex Correctional Institute $47,000 secured bond


Suspect and Active Warrant Information:

  • Kevin T. Boyer-36 Millsboro, DE
  • Assault First Degree
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited
  • Conspiracy Second Degree
  • Aggravated Menacing



Rehoboth-(Sunday June 18th) Delaware State Police Sunday June 19, 2011 charged 3 persons involved in an assault that occurred Saturday June 18, 2011 around 6:00 pm.  The assault happened on Norwood Street N/O Hebron Road Rehoboth Delaware. 


John M. Boyer-48, of Harrington and 16 year old and 17 year old Harrington teens were arrested for their involvement in an assault which sent a 35 year old victim to Beebe Hospital for multiple injuries. 


A Delaware State Police investigation revealed earlier in the day, prior to the assault an 18 year old Rehoboth teen was involved in a disagreement with the 16 and 17 year old Harrington teens.  This incident occurred on Hebron Road Rehoboth Delaware. 


Later that afternoon the 18 year old victim and his father and mother returned to the area to attend a social function.  When the three victims drove down Norwood Street a large crowd began to fill the streets. 


The 18 year old victim was approached by the 17 year old at which time a physical altercation began between the two.  The 35 year old Rehoboth man attempted to prevent others in the crowd from intervening.  During this altercation John M. Boyer and Kevin Boyer emerged from the crowd armed with a “club” and shovel.  John and Kevin Boyer are alleged to have assaulted the 35 year old man with the club and shovel.  The 35 year old man was also stabbed in his forearm with an unknown object during the fracas. 


The 18 year old victim and his 35 year old mother attempted to help their father/spouse however were chased to their vehicles by the two teens.  The 18 year old victim was repeatedly kicked and punched as he entered his vehicle. 


The 35 year old Rehoboth woman was menaced by Kevin Boyer who held a shovel above her as she attempted to flee the area. 


Delaware State Police obtained arrest warrants for the teens and John and Kevin Boyer.  As of Sunday June 19th the two teens and John M. Boyer were charged with assault, conspiracy and weapons offenses.  State Troopers are still attempting to locate Kevin T. Boyer. 


Delaware State Police are also seeking assistance in solving additional robberies and assault crimes which occurred within a short distance of the aforementioned assault.


(Sunday May 29th 2011)

Delaware State Police investigated a robbery that occurred on Hebron Road and Central Road Rehoboth around 2:00 am.  The 25 year old robbery victim was walking home when he was approached from behind by several black males. 


The victim was then struck on the back of his head with an unknown object.  During the assault the victim was robbed of his wallet and cell phone.  The suspects following the robbery fled the scene.  The victim did not require medical attention. 


One suspect is described as a black male, 5’10” and weighing 170-180 lbs.


(Sunday June 5th 2011)

Delaware State Troopers contacted a 40 year old Rehoboth Beach man concerning an assault complaint.  The investigation revealed that the victim was walking to his residence when a 3-6 black males approached him asking for cigarettes around 12:40 am. 


The victim suddenly was attacked by the group of men and struck several times.  Once the victim began to yell for help the suspects fled the area.  The victim did not have any property stolen.  The victim did not require medical treatment. 


One suspect is described as a black male 14-20 year of age, 5’05”-5’10”, weighing 150-180 lbs.  NFD on any of the other suspects involved.


(Thursday June 16th 2011) Previously released on June 17th

Delaware State Police Thursday evening investigated a robbery on Rehoboth Avenue E/O Church Street outside the limits of Rehoboth. 


The robbery occurred around 11:40 pm as two victims were walking home from work.  The victims were walking eastbound on Rehoboth Avenue when they were attacked from behind. 


Both the victims were struck in the back of their heads which caused them to fall to the ground.  The suspects described as two younger black males, ages 18-20, 5’06”-5’08”, both weighing 150-160 lbs continued to assault the victims as they lay on the ground. 


The suspects removed the victims’ purses containing cellular phones and an undisclosed amount of United States Currency and fled. 


The victims were taken to Beebe Hospital Lewes, treated and released for multiple contusions and abrasions.  The 19 year old victim suffered a fractured cheek and was also released. 


(Saturday June 18th 2011)

On June 18th around 1:50 am Delaware State Police investigated a robbery/ assault on Hebron Road Rehoboth Delaware.  State Troopers contacted 3 victims concerning the robbery. 


The investigation revealed that two males and one female victim were walking northbound on Hebron Road when they observed they were being followed.  The victims observed two black males and a black female attempting to catch up to them. 


The suspects began asking for directions and increasing their pace toward the victims.  The victims were suddenly struck in the back of their heads by the suspects.  The victims unable to fend off the attack fell to the ground and were robbed of an undisclosed amount of United States Currency. 


The suspects fled the scene and could only be described as two black males and one black female. 


The victims received treatment at Beebe Hospital for severe contusions and abrasions to their head and face and were released.


Police Action:

Delaware State Police and the Rehoboth Police Department are working jointly on similar crimes occurring in both jurisdictions. 


Delaware State Police Troop 7 is conducting proactive patrols in the affected area as well as their normal tours of duties. 


 The Delaware State Police Criminal Investigative Unit is also coordinating their efforts at solving the recent robbery/ assaults affecting the Rehoboth Beach Community and seeks the public’s assistance. 


Delaware State Police will explore all avenues attempting to determine if all crimes are related.


Robbery Prevention Strategies:

  • Most strong-arm robberies occur between the hours of sunset and sunrise.


  • Travel populated, well-lighted streets.  Avoid walking or parking in shadowed areas.


  • There’s Safety in Numbers!  If possible, walk with a companion, either male or female. An armed robber is less likely to confront two or more, than a lone individual.


  • When waiting for a bus or taxi, try to select a well-lighted area. Aim for a busy stop where many people will be coming and going.


  • Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas such as parks, playgrounds, vacant lots, etc.


  • If someone asks directions, be polite but maintain a safe distance.  Search for an immediate escape route.


  • If you are alone and think you are being followed, head for an occupied building such as a bar, restaurant, gas station, fire station, etc. If none is available, cross the street in the middle of the block. If there is street vehicular traffic, try to stop a car for help.


  • Robberies can be immediate and unpredictable, not all the strategies relate to every situation. 


To offer information regarding this investigation, please contact the Delaware State Police at 302-856-5850 ext 218.


Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). 


Tipsters may also call to provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at


         Kevin T. Boyer                            John M. Boyer
Last Updated: Wednesday, 22-Jun-2011 13:12:34 EDT
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