Millsboro man takes car by knife before police chase that ends in Milton crash

December 9, 2017

A Millsboro man who had been sought in a Gold Alert now faces charges after he carjacked a car using a knife Dec. 8 in Long Neck and led police on a chase before crashing near Milton.

Scott K. Roschel, 45, of Millsboro was wanted in connection with a Gold Alert when he approached a 1998 Honda CRV parked in the Long Neck Dollar General parking lot at 26012 John J. Williams Highway. A woman, 23, was inside the store when Roschel used a knife to force her 14-year-old sister out of the car, said Master Cpl. Michael Austin of the Delaware State Police.

Roschel allowed the girl to remove her sister’s children, ages 1 and 2, from the car before he drove away at 5:15 p.m., Austin said.

Troopers responded to a broadcast about the carjacking and located the car before it left the Long Neck area. Roschel refused to stop after police ordered him to do so on Route 24, and he led police on a chase that ended near Milton when he crashed into a utility pole on Hudson Road near Eagle Crest Road, Austin said.

Roschel was taken to Beebe Healthcare for undetermined injuries; no one else was involved in the crash. 

A warrant has been issued for first-degree carjacking, first-degree robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, aggravated menacing, theft of a motor vehicle and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Austin said Roschel will be charged when discharged from the hospital.

The Gold Alert for Roschel was canceled.

The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released when available. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Detective K. McCabe at Troop 4 at 302-752-3857.