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Victims pistol-whipped, shots fired in Seaford home invasion; police seek suspect


A Dover man is wanted on felony charges following a home invasion in Seaford on Monday.

Delaware State Police responded to the 9000 block of Middleford Road around 12:35 a.m. Oct. 25, where they said three male suspects had forced their way into a home with handguns and demanded property from the victims.

The suspects pistol-whipped two victims, causing significant injury, police said in news release late Monday. The suspects fired two rounds, but no one was struck, police said, and the suspects ultimately fled the home with the victims' property.

The victims were transported to a hospital for their injuries.

Delaware State Police have named 36-year-old Danny Harding Jr. of Dover as one of the suspects. He is a 6-foot-tall, 190-pound white male with blonde hair, blue eyes and multiple tattoos. He may be in Kent County or Sussex County, police said. 

Harding is wanted on numerous felony charges, including first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and first-degree reckless endangering.

The other two male suspects – one white, one Black – were wearing face coverings and carrying handguns, police said.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective William Saylor with Delaware State Police Troop 4 Criminal Investigation Unit by calling 302-752-3897 or emailing william.saylor@delaware.gov. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.

Police have not yet said whether the incident is related to the homicide that took place not 24 hours earlier, just two miles away.

The Seaford Fire Department was called to the 11000 block of Hastings Farm Road in Seaford around 2:30 a.m. Oct. 24, where they extinguished a fire and found a 39-year-old man dead from an apparent gunshot wound, police said.

Unknown suspects had forced their way into the home through a side door and fired multiple rounds, according to Delaware State Police.

"The victim was shot once and fell to the living room floor," Delaware State Police said in a news release later that day. "The suspects then set a fire in the living room before fleeing the residence on foot."