Two Maryland men will be extradited from Maryland and face charges in Delaware after police say they followed four women home, set a Jeep on fire, and shot at the Fenwick Island home where the women were staying June 25.
Fenwick Island police received a 911 call at 2:43 a.m. after the woman reported suspicious activity outside a home in the unit block of West Atlantic Street, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.
When the Fenwick officer arrived, Fournier said, he saw a Jeep Wrangler on fire. The officer and four women put out the fire, and while they were doing so, noticed the front window was shattered and there were bullet holes in the siding of the house. They also found at least six alleged handgun casings in the roadway in front of the home, Fournier said.
Through the investigation, Fournier said, police learned that four women were outside Seacrets in Ocean City waiting on an Uber when they were approached by two men.
Fournier gives the following account: They all talked before the two men offered to drive the women home. The women agreed, but along the way, they began to feel uncomfortable and asked to get out of the vehicle prior to arriving at their home. A discussion about paying for the ride ensued, and one of the victim’s paid the driver $35. The four women then went to an undisclosed location prior to going to their house for fear they might have been followed. After feeling it was safe to go into their house, they heard someone talking outside and saw the male passenger from the vehicle walking up to the front door. Soon after, they heard some type of banging on the side of the house by an unknown object. Police later determined they were gunshots; none of the victims were injured.
The subjects fled the area prior to the Fenwick Island Police officer’s arrival, and he was able to provide a description of the suspect’s black Toyota Tundra to the EOC and Ocean City Police Department.
OCPD located the vehicle and the two occupants and were able to take them into custody without incident.
Delaware State Police have obtained warrants on Andre J. Blakeney, 33 of Waldorf, Md. and Finis A. Miles, 27 of Clinton, Md, for the following charges:
- four counts of first-degree reckless endangering
- criminal mischief over $5,000
- second-degree conspiracy
- third-degree criminal trespass
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office has also obtained warrants for Blakeney and Miles on second-degree arson and second-degree conspiracy.
Both Blakeney and Miles will be arrested on their charges in Delaware upon extradition from Maryland at a later date, Fournier said.