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Delaware State Police arrest Felton man after attempting to run over victims with his car- Felton

Date Posted: Monday, September 28th, 2020

Felton- Delaware State Police arrested 28-year-old Hector M. Amaro Cruz of Felton on felony criminal charges following an incident Sunday evening.

On September 27, 2020, at 6:13 p.m., Delaware State Police responded to Sandlewood Court, Felton, for a reckless endangering incident. The investigation revealed that Cruz was driving a 1997 Toyota Corolla on Sandlewood Court while a 28-year-old male acquaintance and 6-year-old male were riding their bicycles on the road. As Cruz approached the individuals, he began driving straight toward them and accelerated in an attempt to strike them. Cruz was unsuccessful in hitting the victims, at which time he exited the vehicle with a bat and attempted to strike the 28-year-old. A struggle ensued, and the victim was able to gain control of the bat, at which time, Cruz produced a kitchen knife and attempted to stab the victim. The victim was uninjured, but Cruz tried to strike the victims two more times with his vehicle as they fled the area. On the final attempt, the 28-year-old male had to jump in the air and walked across the vehicle as it passed by. He was not injured.

Cruz was taken into custody and transported to Troop 3, where he was charged with the following crimes:

  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (felony)
  • Reckless Endangering 1st Degree (2 counts- felony)
  • Menacing

Cruz was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #7 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $20,500.00 bond.

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