VEHICLE STOP LEADS TO ARREST OF NEWARK MAN FOR FIREARM AND DRUG CHARGES – JASON BROWN (40)

(Newark, DE 19702) On Sunday, December 4, 2022, at approximately 07:30 AM officers from the New Castle County Division of Police Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) were conducting proactive patrol. While near the area of Churchmans Road and Goodings Drive officers observed a blue Chevrolet Equinox driving in the wrong direction on the shoulder. The driver of the vehicle then committed additional traffic violations at which time a vehicle stop was conducted.

Officers approached the vehicle at which time the driver exited with drug paraphernalia in his possession. The driver was detained and identified as 40-year-old Jason Brown of Newark. A search of his person was conducted at which time officers located methamphetamine and one bag of heroin. While officers were searching Brown a firearm was observed inside his vehicle on the passenger floorboard. A search of the vehicle was conducted, and officers located a loaded 9mm handgun, 1, 411 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 99 rounds of shotgun ammunition, 52 rounds of 410 gauge ammunition, 415 rounds of .22 ammunition, and one round of .357 ammunition. Brown was transported to New Castle County Police Headquarters.

Jason Brown was charged with five felony counts of possession/purchase/own or control of a firearm/ammo by a person prohibited, one felony count of possession of a semi-auto/auto weapon prohibited and controlled substance, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled/counterfeit substance, one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia not related to personal use, and multiple traffic offenses.

Brown was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to Howard R Young Correctional Institution on $13,204.00 secured bail.

Brown, Jason (40)

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POLICE ARREST THREE IN KIDNAPPING/ASSAULT INVESTIGATION – WILMINGTON

(Wilmington, DE 19808) Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police have arrested 20-year-old Michael Pennacchiotti of Bear, 31-year-old Shaun McCollum of Bear, and 25-year-old Callie McCollum of Bear for assault and kidnapping charges. On Thursday, November 11, 2022, at approximately 11:14 AM officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to a residence on Bardell Drive, Wilmington – Sherwood Park II in reference to a kidnapping. It was reported that three subjects were attempting to break into a residence. Additional information advised that the subjects then forced an unknown victim of the residence into a vehicle before fleeing the area.

While officers were checking the surrounding area the 22-year-old male victim returned to the residence after being released by the suspects. The victim had obvious injuries to his face and person and was transported to a local hospital in reference to treatment. The victim reported he was inside the home when he heard banging at both the front and back doors. The victim reported he responded to the back door to check same at which time a male suspect grabbed him and pushed him to the ground. The victim stated the male suspect and a female suspect then assaulted him and struck him with a stun gun prior to forcing him into a car.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit arrived on the scene and assumed the investigation. Through surveillance footage and investigative measures detectives were able to identify the three suspects as Michael Pennacchiotti, Shaun McCollum, and Callie McCollum.

Shaun McCollum was taken into custody on November 11, 2022, without incident. Callie McCollum was taken into custody on November 14, 2022, without incident. Both Callie and Shaun were transported to police headquarters and charged accordingly. Detectives continued to investigate the incident and ultimately located Michael Pennacchiotti on Friday, December 2, 2022. Pennacchiotti was taken into custody with the assistance of the New Castle County Division of Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) following a search warrant at a residence on Sheridan Drive – New Castle.

Michael Pennacchiotti (20) was charged with one felony count of kidnapping in the second degree, one felony count of conspiracy in the second degree, and one misdemeanor count of assault in the third degree. Pennacchiotti was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was issued $23,000.00 cash bail. Pennacchiotti was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution.

Shaun McCollum (31) was charged with one felony count of kidnapping in the second degree, one felony count of conspiracy in the second degree, and one misdemeanor count of assault in the third degree. Shaun was arraigned by New Castle County Superior Court, issued $23,000.00 secured bail, and was later released after posting.

Callie McCollum (25) was charged with one felony count of kidnapping in the second degree, one felony count of conspiracy in the second degree, and one misdemeanor count of assault in the third degree. Callie was arraigned by New Castle County Superior Court, issued $23,000.00 secured bail, and was later released after posting.

Michael Pennacchiotti (20)
McCollum, Shaun (31)
McCollum, Callie (25)

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POLICE INVESTIGATION: NEWTOWN ROAD – NEWARK

(Newark, DE 19702) On Sunday, December 4, 2022, at approximately 12:28 PM officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Sandburg Place – Newark in reference to an in-progress domestic dispute that involved weapons. The initial caller reported that there were two male suspects at the residence armed with firearms.

While officers were responding it was reported by callers that one of the suspects fled from the area on foot. Upon checking the area, a New Castle County patrol officer located the suspect on Newtown Road near Bear Christiana Road. Upon attempting to detain the suspect, he immediately fled from the officer on foot.  The officer pursued the suspect on Newtown Road and attempted to take the suspect into custody. While apprehending the suspect, the officer discharged their weapon. The suspect was not struck by the gunfire and was taken into custody without further incident. Neither the suspect nor officer were injured during the incident. After being apprehended, the suspect was transported to NCCPD headquarters.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit have assumed the investigation. This investigation is active. As additional information becomes available updates will be released.

Any individual with information or surveillance footage related to this investigation is asked to please contact Detective Lieutenant Justin Breslin of the Criminal Investigations Unit at (302)395-8110 or by email at Justin.Breslin@newcastlede.gov. Information can also be submitted by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at (302)573-2800.

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