Sussex K9 ‘Zorro’ aids in capture of three home invasion suspects

By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: November 29, 2019 | 3:00 p.m.

WAKEFIELD – Earlier this month, special assistance by Sussex County’s Deputy Darden and Zorro, the department’s two-year-old Belgian Malinois, resulted in the capture and arrest of all three suspects in a Wakefield home invasion robbery in just three hours, according to Sussex County Sheriff Ernest Giles.

“On Nov. 5 at 7:15 p.m.,” Giles said, “deputies were dispatched to a home on Wilson Avenue in Wakefield for a home invasion robbery.  Upon the unit’s arrival, they found the elderly female who had been robbed after three suspects – one adult and two juveniles – forced their way into her home.”

According to Giles, the 82-year-old victim was pushed back when the three entered her residence, but she was uninjured.  The suspects took $5 and a cell phone and fled on foot through the rear entrance of the home.

“After descriptions of the three were released, they were seen in an apartment complex and a local store,” Giles continued.  K-9 assistance was requested of Deputy Darden and his partner, Zorro. Deputy Zorro tracked the suspects for a mile and a half to where deputies had earlier seen the same suspects, which led the deputies to go back and interview the same individuals separately.”

Giles related that during the interviews and investigation, deputies learned that the three were all Wakefield residents.

“Two were juveniles (17) and the one adult, 23-year-old Xavier Stephen Williams, had just been released from penitentiary this year,” Giles continued. “Confessions were given by the three, and Williams is being held in Sussex County Jail, while the two juveniles are being detained at Crater Detention.”

“Due to the quick response and assistance of Zorro,” Sheriff Giles added, “this case was resolved in three hours.  The deputies did an excellent job and Zorro – he’s very impressive.  He’s young, but I’ll tell you one thing. That nose stayed on the ground the whole time. I’ve seen many dogs through the years, but I never thought I’d see that type of drive – especially when it’s time to track or to seek narcotics. When he’s given a command he’s focused – right then.  That dog really impressed me.”

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