Two arrested, third wanted for home invasion, shooting incident

DOVER, Del. – Two men are behind bars and a third remains wanted in connection to a shooting incident that took place Thursday afternoon.

We’re told the incident was reported just before 2:30 p.m., at the Dover East Mobile Home Park. On arrival, officers observed 20-year-old Robert Stecher running in the area of the main entrance to the park and took him into custody. Officers then contacted 22-year-old Tanagon Sripongsai and took him into custody after speaking with him about the incident. A short time later, 22-year-old Divine Watkins was located in the area of Ladybug Drive suffering from a gunshot wound to his neck.

Watkins was taken to Bayhealth Kent Campus where he remains in stable condition.

Further investigation revealed that Stecher and Watkins attempted to break into Sripongsai’s residence in the mobile home park. During a struggle at the entrance, Strecher allegedly pulled out a revolver and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire. Sripongsai then grabbed his own handgun and reportedly fired twice at Stecher and Watkins, hitting Watkins in the neck, before the pair fled the area on foot.

A search warrant was obtained for Sripongsai’s residence, leading to the recovery of the firearm and 806 grams of marijuana.

Stecher was charged with first degree burglary/home invasion, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, second degree conspiracy, and attempted theft under $1500. He was held at SCI on a $103,000 cash bond.

Sripongsai was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and possession with intent to deliver marijuana. He was held at SCI on a $7,500 cash bond.

Watkins remains hospitalized but is wanted for first degree burglary/home invasion and second degree conspiracy.

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