On November 13, 2022, at approximately 6:10 p.m., troopers responded to La Piazza Di Caruso located at 830 Peoples Plaza, Newark, DE, for a report of an assault. Upon arrival, troopers located a 41-year-old male victim of Middletown, DE, inside the store with multiple stab wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Further investigation determined the suspect entered the business and confronted the victim/owner of the store. The suspect stabbed the victim multiple times and fled the scene on foot. The suspect was located a short period later receiving medical treatment at an area medical center for an injury sustained during the attack. The suspect identified as Erik Hilton was taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 2 where he was charged with Murder First Degree (Felony) and Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony). He was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #11 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $1,060,000.00 cash bond.
Alex always carried a warm smile on his face. He was a hardworking restaurant owner who loved his children and family. When he got time away from the restaurant, he greatly enjoyed spending time with his children and family.