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  • Port Penn senior helps police catch Middletown-area home invader

  • The man who allegedly broke into the home of a 78-year-old Middletown-area woman was arrested Monday after the victim's 67-year-old son-in-law tracked him down and kept him occupied until police arrived.
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  • The man who allegedly broke into the home of a 78-year-old Middletown-area woman was arrested Monday after the victim's 67-year-old son-in-law tracked him down and kept him occupied until police arrived.
    Timothy J. Martin, a 27-year-old Galena resident, was armed with a knife and in the process of stealing the elderly woman's jewelry when she returned to her home in the 700 block of Lorewood Grove Road and found him in her bedroom, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day.
    After demanding cash from the victim, Martin removed the batteries from her cell phone and cordless phone and fled the home.
    Minutes later, the victim's son-in-law arrived at the home and, after learning what had just occurred, realized he had just seen his mother-in-law's assailant walking along Lorewood Grove Road, Day said.
    The son-in-law returned to his vehicle and went in search of the robber, who he soon spotted getting into the passenger seat of a pick-up truck.
    The man followed the truck onto northbound Del. Route 1 and the exit ramp for Del. Route 72, where the truck stopped.
    Martin got out of the vehicle and began punching the Port Penn man in the face, before tossing a bag of stolen jewelry into the man's truck, Day said.
    The driver of the truck that had been carrying Martin drove off, forcing him to flee on foot with the Port Penn man continuing his pursuit, even as Martin threatened him with a rock.
    Troopers, alerted to the assault by a 911 call from a nearby tractor-trailer driver, arrived and arrested Martin in the area of Route 72 and Route 13, Day said.
    "It's good that (the Port Penn man) helped us to apprehend the suspect, but we recommend the public instead try to be good witnesses and not get involved," Day said. "The prudent thing to do would have been to get the tag number and a vehicle description, because you never know when a suspect will confront you, even if you don't intend to confront the suspect."
    Martin is charged with first-degree robbery, home invasion, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree assault, aggravated menacing, theft and malicious interference with emergency communications.
    He is currently being held at the Howard Young Correctional Institution on a $198,000 secured bail, Day said.
    The 67-year-old Port Penn man reportedly suffered minor injuries in the confrontation, although it was not immediately clear whether he required medical attention.

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