Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
Newark-The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a kidnapping that occurred at a Newark area daycare center which resulted in the arrest of a 47-year old Newark man today.
The preliminary investigation revealed the incident occurred today, Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:08 a.m. as State Troopers and County Police responded to the area of Happy Kids Academy located at 273 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark for a disorderly subject. It was determined the male suspect rang the doorbell to the daycare and was met by a female employee, whom he pushed in the face upon entering the building. The suspect proceeded his way through the daycare into the infant room where he approached another female employee and engaged in a verbal confrontation. The suspect then struck her in the face with a closed fist. The suspect was able to pickup two infants from the floor and held each one under his arms as he walked to the front door of the daycare. The first female employee blocked the door with her body and refused to allow the suspect to exit the daycare, at the same time the other employee approached the suspect from behind and was able to pull one of the infants from the suspect. The other infant began to slowly fall from the suspects other arm at which time the employee safely grabbed her and got away from him. The suspect fled the daycare, striking a vehicle in the parking lot with a closed fist. It was reported he was last seen on foot into the area of Buckingham Palace Apartment Complex. A description of the suspect was broadcasted to responding officers who soon located the suspect as he was walking out from behind building 13 on Queen Circle. As the suspect walked toward the officers he was directed to show his hands multiple times and he refused to show his hands or stop. The officer deployed his Taser in order to stop the suspect from coming closer to him; however it was ineffective. While trying to reload his Taser and put distance between himself and the suspect, the officer tripped on a curb causing him to fall backwards and sustain injury. The officer, while on the ground was able to deploy another Taser round which struck the suspect in the chest, but again was ineffective. The Officer switched to the ASP baton and struck at the suspect to gain compliance at which point was able to take him into custody.
The officer was transported from the scene and treated at a local area hospital. One of the infant victims sustained a minor laceration during the incident.
The suspect was later identified as Calvin Davis, 47 of Newark. He was also transported to Christiana Hospital where he has been admitted for evaluation. Upon his release he will be charged with the following: two counts of Kidnapping 1st Degree, Burglary 2rd Degree, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest Felony, two counts of Assault 3rd Degree, Offensive Touching and Disorderly Conduct.
Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz
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