Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
Millsboro – Delaware State Police have arrested a Millsboro man who led them on chase after committing a carjacking at knifepoint.
The incident began at approximately 4:55 p.m., Friday, December 8, 2017, in the parking lot of the Dollar General, located 26012 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro. A 23 year old Millsboro woman, parked her 1998 Honda CRV, and entered the Dollar General to make a purchase. The woman’s 1 and 2 year old children, remained in the vehicle, along with her 14 year old sister.
As the children waited in the vehicle, a subject later identified as Scott K. Roschel, 45, of Millsboro, accessed the vehicle via the driver’s side door, displayed a knife to the 14 year old and ordered her out of the vehicle. Roschel allowed the 14 year old, to remove the two infants, prior to him fleeing in the vehicle. None of the children were injured as a result of the incident.
A general broadcast was put out, with a description of the vehicle, and at approximately 5:15 p.m., it was located on Route 24 in Longneck. Troopers attempted a traffic stop, however Roschel refused to comply, and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit concluded on Hudson Road, in the area of Eagle Crest Road, east of Milton, when Roschel lost control and struck a utility pole. Roschel was taken into custody, before being transported to an area hospital with undetermined injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
A warrant was accomplished, charging Roschel with one count each of, Carjacking 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Aggravated Menacing, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, as well as three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Arrest and arraignment will be accomplished upon Roschel’s discharge from the hospital.
The investigation is ongoing, with further details being released as they become available. If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact Detective K. McCabe at Troop 4 by calling 302-752-3857.
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