Lewes men arrested in Love Creek home invasion

May 1, 2014

Two Lewes men face charges after police said they broke into a Love Creek home April 28 armed with guns and demanded drugs.

Nicholas A. Beardsley, 24, and Matthias C. Kellner, 26, kicked in the front door of a home at 1 a.m. in the 33000 block of Camilla Drive, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

The masked men, armed with a shotgun and a handgun, confronted a man and woman who were asleep. A 4-year-old boy also was asleep in the home, Fournier said.

The men demanded drugs, and a fight broke out between the man with the shotgun and the woman. The male resident intervened and pushed the man with the shotgun out of the front door, Fournier said.

Once outside, the man fired the shotgun hitting the roof and ceiling of the home, Fournier said.

While interviewing the victims, Fournier said, police learned Beardsley and the male resident were in a physical fight April 26 in the mobile home park.

Police arrested Beardsley as he walked along Cornflower Drive in Love Creek Mobile Home Park, shortly after the shotgun incident. Kellner turned himself in to police April 30.

Both men were charged with home invasion, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, first-degree burglary, three counts of first-degree reckless endangering, two counts of aggravated menacing, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy.

Both men were committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on cash bonds – Beardsley in default of $146,000 and Kellner in default of $151,000.