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Police: Man harassed, damaged property of former coworkers

February 10, 2020

A Maryland man faces stalking and other charges after three former coworkers reported incidents.

On Feb. 8, two 30-year-old victims told police they received multiple threatening messages on their cellphones from a previous coworker of theirs, John Dyes, 34, of East New Market, Md., said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police. Both victims told police that the harassment had been going on for awhile and messages had become increasingly threatening, she said.

On Feb. 9, Jaffe said, Dyes went to the Ellendale home of one of the victims at 8:20 p.m., driving back and forth in front of the home in the 21000 block of Pearl Lane before getting out of his pickup truck and ripping the victim’s mailbox from its post. On Feb. 9, she said, Dyes went to a Milford home at 9:20 p.m. in Knollac Acres and parked in the driveway. The resident, a 46-year-old woman and acquaintance of Dyes, banged on the window to let him know she saw him as he took an object and struck the left front headlight of her car, Jaffe said. Dyes then got back into his truck, reversed it and backed into the victim’s parked vehicle, Jaffe said. He then drove away.

Dyes turned himself in to Troop 7 at 2 a.m. Feb. 10 and was charged with felony stalking, two counts of harassment, terroristic threatening, malicious mischief by a motor vehicle, three counts of criminal mischief and two counts of third-degree criminal trespass.

Dyes was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $3,001 secured bond.

Since Dyes’ arrest, Jaffe said, another former coworker, 48, reported an incident. In the evening of Feb. 10, Jaffe said, Dyes went to the man’s residence in the 21000 block of N Street near Rehoboth where he slashed the tires of the man’s Jeep and damaged the vehicle’s soft top. The man told police that he had received threatening messages from Dyes.