(Wilmington, De 19804) Last Thursday morning (Aug 29th), at 5:15 a.m. patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the unit block of Cypress Ave in the community of Westfield reference to a burglary in progress.
When the units arrived, they found evidence at the scene indicative of an attempted home invasion. They also learned from a victim that earlier, voices were heard coming from the back yard. When the victim went to investigate, he saw that the doorknob was turning from the outside. The victim then pushed the door closed as an unknown subject attempted to push the door open. The victim started yelling and other family members came downstairs to his aid.
This commotion caused the subjects to flee out of the backyard and drive away in a white pick-up.
This information was relayed to other incoming officers and the white pick-up was located on Limestone road turning onto South Jane way. Patrol officers were able to stop the truck on Limestone Road at Laura Drive.
Both the driver of the truck, 31-year-old Brett Johns and his passenger 27-year-old John Sniadowski were taken into custody.
Police found weapons and other evidence that connected them to the incident on Cypress inside of the vehicle.
Detectives from the New Castle County Police Criminal Investigations Unit were notified and assumed the investigation.
As a result of this lengthy investigation both Johns and Sniadowski were charged with: one count each felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, five counts each of felony Attempted Home Invasion, one count each of felony Impersonating a Police Officer, one count each felony Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, one count each of felony Conspiracy 2nd degree and one charge each of misdemeanor Criminal Mischief.
Both were arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $312,100 cash bail.
Also if you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a violent crime or have lost a loved one to sudden death and are in need assistance, the New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer you support and resources through (302)-395-8000.