Intruder flees after woman screams in home invasion

Mrs. Catherine Lane (Photo: Google maps)
Mrs. Catherine Lane (Photo: Google maps)

MILLSBORO, DELAWARE (5/29/2016) A woman’s scream startled an intruder early Saturday during a home invasion north of Millsboro, the Delaware State Police reported this morning.

The incident happened about 1:35 a.m. in the 20,000 block of Mrs. Catherine Lane.

Police said the 28-year-old woman was sleeping in the living room with her three sons, ages 5, 8 and 9, when she awoke to find a masked male standing over her with a handgun.

He ordered her to another room but she refused, and then one of her sons awoke and she screamed for him to run out of the house, police said.

The startled intruder then fled out the front door empty-handed.

He was described as black, 5-feet-5 to 5-feet-8 and 140-160 pounds. He had black hair and was wearing black clothing.

No one in the home was injured.

Police asked anyone with information to call Detective J. Jones at 302-752-3795.

Tips also may be submitted anonymously through Delaware Crime Stoppers, which offers rewards, at 800-847-3333 or