State Police Governor’s Task Force Suspects Home Invasion Near Harbeson – Delaware State Police

Date posted: Saturday, January 15, 2022

Harbeson – Two men were arrested for drug possession after a traffic stop near Harbeson on Thursday afternoon and one of the men was wanted for trespassing.

On Thursday, January 13, 2022 at approximately 4:00 p.m., members of the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force (GTF) assisted the state’s first Fugitive Task Force and the Police Special Operations Response Team of the State of Delaware (SORT) to locate and apprehend Jhared A. Ayers, 21 of Lewes, who was wanted by Troop 4 Major Crimes for a home invasion involving a firearm as well as an aggravated threat complaint involving a firearm from Troop 7.

During surveillance efforts in the Lewes area, Ayers was identified as the rear passenger of a black Hyundai Elantra driven by an 18-year-old woman on the Lewes Georgetown Highway. The vehicle parked in the Dollar General parking lot at 28168 Lewes Georgetown Highway, where Ayers was arrested without incident. Once in custody, Ayers was found in possession of 117 bags of heroin (0.819 grams) and approximately 2.69 grams of crack cocaine.

The front passenger, Jaliel Perry, 18, from Lincoln, has been wanted on three non-appearance cases issued by Sussex Family Court. He was also taken into custody without incident and found in possession of approximately 2.08 grams of crack and an ecstasy tablet.

Ayers and Perry were both transported to Troop 7 in Lewes where Ayers was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested for an incident on December 16, 2021 in which he and two other suspects illegally entered a residence in the 17000 block of Needle Drive, Lewes. Once inside, they confronted a 57-year-old man with a handgun and punched him in the back of the head before fleeing the house with a safe containing over $1,500.00 cash. At the time of the incident, three minors, aged 7, 4 and 3, were all in the house. In this incident, he was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, burglary 1st (home invasion), aggravated threat, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, theft of more of $1500, 2nd conspiracy and three counts of endangerment. the well-being of a child. None of the victims were injured.

Ayers was also arrested for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated threat, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person and offensive touching resulting from a December 22, 2021 incident that took place in the 19000 block of Duffy Street in West Rehoboth. Jhareed Ayers allegedly forced a 53-year-old man who was standing outside this place at gunpoint to knock on the door of the residence. When a nearby car alarm went off, Ayers and a second, unknown man left the area in a dark-colored SUV. The male victim was not injured in the incident.

Jhareed Ayers was incarcerated at Sussex Correctional Institution failing a total cash bond of $353,300 for all the charges listed.


Jaliel Perry has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was given an unsecured bail of $10,400 for the drug charges, but was jailed at Sussex Correctional Institution in default of a secured bail of $800 due to his unpaid capiases.


The 18-year-old driver was released from the scene without being charged.

One of the suspects involved in the home invasion on Needle Drive has been identified as James R. Ayers, 20 from Lewes. He has not been arrested and detectives are currently looking for him. A third suspect has yet to be identified. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Ayers is asked to contact Detective C. Simpson at 302-752-3855. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the Internet at

James R. Ayers
James R. Ayers

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