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The primary objectives of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department are to preserve life and property, enforce all federal, state, and local laws in an impartial manner, and maintain a safe and peaceful environment for the residents and guests of the city.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is dubbed the "Nation's Summer Capital" due to the large influx of tourists from the Washington, DC area.   The Rehoboth Beach Police Department currently employs 17 full-time police officers and 9 full-time dispatchers. We also employ seasonal police officers to augment our full-time staff during the busy tourist season.

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Justin A. Davis, 17, of Millsboro, Del. was arrested Wednesday (10/26/16) evening after his involvement in an altercation near the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand which led to him threatening Anthony R. Merlo-Tijerino, 19, of Lincoln, Del. with a knife. Merlo-Tijerino was also arrested for his involvement in the altercation.        

At around 6:10pm, officers from the Rehoboth Beach Police Department were dispatched to the area of the Bandstand for reports of a fight in progress.  Upon arrival, the parties were separated and police were able to obtain statements from multiple witnesses to the altercation.  According to witness accounts, Davis and a friend were arguing and play fighting when Merlo-Tijerino attempted to video record them using his cell phone.  Davis confronted Merlo-Tijerino at which time Merlo-Tijerino responded with abusive, race based language.  Davis reacted by retrieving a knife from his vehicle and advancing toward and threatening Merlo-Tijerino causing him to back up.   

Both Davis and Merlo-Tijerino were taken into custody on scene without incident or injury. 

Davis was arrested and charged with 1 count of felony aggravated menacing, 1 count of felony terroristic threatening, and 2 counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.  Davis was released to a guardian.

Merlo-Tijerino was arrested and charged with 1 count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.  Merlo-Tijerino was released on a $500.00 unsecured bond. 

Presented by PIO Lt. Jaime Riddle.

October 27th, 2016

Justin A. Davis, 17, of Millsboro, Del. was arrested Wednesday evening after his involvement in an altercation near the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand which led to him threatening Anthony R. Merlo-Tijerino, 19, of Lincoln, Del. with a knife. Merlo-Tijerino was also arrested for his involvement in the...

October 17th, 2016

Henry M. Palmer, 80, of Ocean View, Del. was contacted by officers Sunday (10/16/16) evening after they were approached by a male victim who reported that Palmer exposed his genitals to him while masturbating in the Rehoboth Avenue Bandstand public restrooms. At around 4:30pm, an officer from the...