Knifepoint carjacking: Millsboro man apprehended after crashing into utility pole

Millsboro – Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man who led them on a vehicle chase after committing a carjacking at knife-point.

Scott Roschel

Scott K. Roschel, 45, faces numerous charges after he was taken into custody following the chase that ended when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin.

The incident began at approximately 4:55 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, in the parking lot of the Dollar General, located 26012 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro.

A 23-year-old Millsboro woman had parked her 1998 Honda CRV and entered the Dollar General. The woman’s one-year-old and two-year-old children remained in the vehicle, along with her 14-year-old sister.

As the children waited in the vehicle, a subject later identified as Scott K. Roschel entered the vehicle through the driver’s side door. He displayed a knife and ordered the 14-year-old girl out of the vehicle. Roschel allowed the teen to remove the two small children after which he fled in the vehicle. None of the children were injured.

A general broadcast was put out including vehicle description. At approximately 5:15 p.m., it was located on SR 24 in Long Neck. Troopers attempted a traffic stop. Roschel refused to comply, and a pursuit ensued. It concluded on Hudson Road in the area of Eagle Crest Road, east of Milton, when Roschel lost control and struck a utility pole.

Roschel was taken into custody, then transported to an area hospital with undetermined injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Roschel was charged with one count each of carjacking first degree, robbery first degree, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, aggravated menacing, theft of a motor vehicle, as well as three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Formal arrest and arraignment will be accomplished upon Roschel’s discharge from the hospital, Cpl. Austin said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective K. McCabe at Troop 4 by calling 752-3857.

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