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Police: Man hits, chokes 65-year-old man

January 9, 2020

A Milford man faces charges Jan. 8 after police say he hit and choked a 65-year-old Georgetown man.

A no-contact order was against Tyler C. Melvin, 29, when he went to a home in the 22000 block of Sussex Pines Road at 10 p.m. Jan. 7 and argued with the resident, 65, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police.

The resident told Melvin to leave, but Melvin refused and struck the man in the face several times and choked him, Jaffe said. Melvin then threatened the man’s life and took his cellphone so that the man could not call 911, she said. The next morning, Jaffe said, the 65-year-old man left the home and went to the hospital where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police went to the home and found Melvin still inside; he was taken into custody without incident and taken to Troop 4 where he was charged with second-degree assault, strangulation, stalking, terroristic threatening and threat to commit a crime, death or serious injury to someone 62 years or older, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and other charges. He was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $37,000 cash only bond.