Update: Dover Police arrest man for damaging the Law Enforcement Memorial
Dover (DE) UPDATE: The Dover Police Department has charged Kyle Bullock (42) for damaging the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial. According to a news release, when Dover Police officers arrived at the Law Enforcement Memorial in Dover, one of the items they located was a cell phone. Officers were able to determine the phone belonged to Bullock. While at the scene, police say, “Bullock came back and asked the officers if they had seen a cell phone, claiming that he lost it in the area while participating in prior protest activity.”
“Bullock quickly left the scene at that time and officers obtained warrants for his arrest. Officers were later able to obtain video evidence of the incident.”, police say.
The Delaware State Police arrested Bullock at his residence on Friday evening without incident.
According to police spokesman, Mark Hoffman, “Prior to this incident, Bullock had been observed in the area of protest activity in Dover and at the Dover Police Department becoming disorderly towards law enforcement officials and civilian employees he encountered.”
While he was often seen in the area of protest activity, Bullock was not a part of the group of organized persons that have conducted protest activity in the Dover area since May 31st, 2020. Several members of the protest group advised law enforcement throughout their demonstrations that Bullock was not with their group and asked law enforcement to be aware of him as well.
Bullock was committed to SCI on a $5,100 cash bond on a single count of Felony level Criminal Mischief Over $5,000.
**Original Story Below**
Dover Police are investigating after they learned that the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial was damaged with an axe.
Dover (DE): Dover Police say they received a call about the incident by a passerby around 5:30 Am Friday morning. The caller reported someone armed with a sledgehammer was striking the memorial.
The suspect was not at the scene when officers arrived.
“Significant damage to the neck of the kneeling officer statue was observed.,” said police spokesman, Mark Hoffman. “In addition to the damage, two State of Delaware flags were laid in front of the officer statue and soaked in urine. An axe was also left behind at the scene.”
“While we cannot release specific details at this time, the Dover Police Department is confident that the suspect in this case is not affiliated with a group of demonstrators that have conducted protest activity in recent days.”, Hoffman said.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delawarecrimestoppers.com; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.