Owner of Glasgow restaurant identified as victim of fatal stabbing


Delaware State Police have identified Ramon “Alex” Trinidad-Perez, 41, of Middletown, as the victim of a homicide that occurred at La Piazza Di Caruso at 830 Peoples Plaza in Glasgow.

Delaware State Police arrested Erik Hilton, 22, of Bear on 1st Degree Murder charges after the stabbing.

On Sunday at about 6:10 p.m., troopers were called to La Piazza Di Caruso for a report of an assault. Upon arrival, troopers found the owner, Trinidad-Perez, inside the store with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.


Click here for the death notice for Trinidad-Perez.

Further investigation determined the suspect entered the business and confronted Trinidad-Perez, troopers reported.

The suspect stabbed the victim multiple times and fled the scene on foot. He was located a short period later getting medical treatment at an area medical center for an injury that came during the attack.

The suspect, identified as Erik Hilton, was taken into custody without incident and transported to nearby Troop 2 where he was charged with Murder First Degree and Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony). He was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #11 and taken to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $1,060,000.00 cash bond.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating this incident. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective D. Grassi by calling 302-365-8441. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police, by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.