Police still seek suspect in Christmas Eve home invasion

Date Published: 
December 30, 2016

The Delaware State Police are still seeking a suspect in a Frankford-area home invasion that occurred on Christmas Eve.

On. Saturday, Dec. 24, at around 6:30 a.m., three suspects forcefully broke into a home through the front door and awoke a 19-year old male victim and an 18-year-old male victim, who were reportedly sleeping in separate bedrooms

According to police, the two male victims were confronted by the suspects armed with hammers and were dragged out of their beds and into the living room as the suspects searched the house.

“The investigation revealed that the subjects knew each other,” said M. Cpl. Gary Fournier, Public Information officer for the Delaware State Police.

However, after seeing car lights, the trio fled the residence and drove away in a silver Chevrolet Suburban, taking with them a large power metal grinder and an undisclosed amount of cash. The victims were uninjured during the invasion.

Through their investigation, the Delaware State Police were able to identify Theodore Wilson, 21, of Dagsboro, and Kevin H. Jesneck, 38, of Ocean View, as two of the three suspects. Troopers were able to take both Jesneck and Wilson into custody without incident at Jesneck’s home. At that same time, police said, troopers recovered the power tool that was reported stolen.

The two suspects were transported back to Troop 4 where they were arrested for home invasion, conspiracy in the second degree, offensive touching and criminal mischief. They were arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $15,000 secured bond. Fournier said that the state police could not comment as to whether the two men have prior criminal records.

The third suspect involved in the incident has yet to be identified and the investigation is on-going.

“There have not been any new developments into the identity of the third suspect. We continue to seek information from the public,” said Fournier on Dec. 27.

As for citizens looking to deter or prevent home invasions, Fournier said, “there are no known ways to prevent home invasions as a majority of them are crimes against people who are targeted by the suspects.”

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Detective M. Doughty at (302) 752-3794. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”