Police Beat--Millsboro man in custody after assault on air marshal

Delaware State Police last week charged Joseph G. Tuono of Millsboro with one count of Assault Second Degree after taking him into custody on May 12. Tuono, 25, had been wanted in connection with the alleged assault on an off-duty air marshal after she followed a vehicle she reported as driving erratically on May 10 near the Pot Nets Cove Side community.

According to the DSP, Georgetown police officers took Tuono into custody on West North Street in Georgetown just after midnight on May 12, after they conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Tuono was a passenger.

When the Georgetown officer obtained Tuono’s name, he conducted a computer check and discovered Tuono had an active warrant for his arrest, police said.

Tuono was turned over to a Troop 7 trooper and arraigned on the felony charge of Assault Second Degree, Intentionally Injuring a Law Enforcement Officer, Fireman, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Fire Police Officer, Fire Marshal, Correctional Officer, Sheriff Deputy, Sheriff or Code Enforcement Constable/Officer. Following his arraignment, Tuono was incarcerated in the Sussex Correctional Institute for lack of $5,000 cash bond.

The victim, while attempting to detain Tuono on May 10, had allegedly been struck by him in the abdominal area and sustained minor bruising but did not require medical assistance. Tuono was reported to have fled on foot into a nearby marsh. State troopers and the State Police helicopter searched for Tuono for more than an hour that night but had been unable to locate him.