Ah, those Vantrease boys and their criminal hyjinx.
We all know too well about Austin’s felony jury conviction for the beating of my son. He’s now under the supervision of the West Virginia Department of Corrections, serving two-to-ten years in lock-up.
Now, on to his older brother. According to the State of Delaware authorities (source, May 2012: https://pubsrv.deljis.delaware.gov/WantedPublic/), Austin’s older bother, Cody Vantrease, is a wanted man and they have a warrant out for him. Please make sure you read the “Caution” notice on the referenced website, as it might not show recent changes to the warrant’s status. Anyhow, I noticed they didn’t have a mug shot available, but I have a media-published photograph that might help.
From what I can speculate, Cody got into some legal trouble in Dewey Beach, Delaware. The warrant identifies “Disorderly Conduct By Obstructing Vehicular Or Pedestrian Traffic” and I assume he was found guilty and required to pay. In looking at the “Wanted Information” the State seems to take issue with “Capias Ftp”. Broken down, capias is defined as “a writ directing a sheriff or other officer to arrest a named person”. From what I can gather, Ftp is “Failure to Pay”. Here is a screen shot from the aforementioned website:
Disorderly conduct can occur in many forms. Here is what I found related to the charges (unclassified misdemeanor) cited. (Source: TITLE 11, Crimes and Criminal Procedure,Delaware Criminal Code, Chapter 5. Specific offenses. Subchapter VII. Offenses Against Public Health, Order and Decency. Subpart A. Riot, Disorderly Conduct and Related Offenses.
§ 1301. Disorderly conduct; unclassified misdemeanor.
A person is guilty of disorderly conduct when:
- The person intentionally causes public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to any other person, or creates a risk thereof by:
- Engaging in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior; or
- Making an unreasonable noise or an offensively coarse utterance, gesture or display, or addressing abusive language to any person present; or
- Disturbing any lawful assembly or meeting of persons without lawful authority; or
- Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
- Congregating with other persons in a public place and refusing to comply with a lawful order of the police to disperse; or
- Creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition which serves no legitimate purpose; or
- Congregating with other persons in a public place while wearing masks, hoods or other garments rendering their faces unrecognizable, for the purpose of and in a manner likely to imminently subject any person to the deprivation of any rights, privileges or immunities secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States of America.
- The person engages with at least 1 other person in a course of disorderly conduct as defined in paragraph (1) of this section which is likely to cause substantial harm or serious inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, and refuses or knowingly fails to obey an order to disperse made by a peace officer to the participants.
From my experience with personally observing Cody Vantrease, this is consistent with what happened after the sentencing hearing of his brother, Austin. Remember the parking garage incident? To follow is a short excerpt to jog your memory: “About eight court deputies escorted the Diviney family to their cars in a nearby parking garage after the hearing because members of Vantrease’s family and friends were gathered on the ground floor of the garage. A couple of young men argued with the deputies.” (Dominion Post, 11/16/10, Brubaker.)
This all gets me thinking about multiple criminals from the same parents. At what point does a family in this scenario consider the viability of their offsprings? Family reunions must be interesting! They could paste mug shots on the family tree. My recommendation is to use this time to discuss if it’s humane to continue the gene pool. Maybe it could be put to a vote after a heated three-legged race or a game of jail break (actually, hide-and-seek might work better for some families, to hone evasion skills… hint: look behind the dumpsters). Maybe Red Rover… “Red Rover, Red Rover, send Inmate 7296 right over”.
Disclaimer: This post is based on information I gathered and is personal conjecture and opinion. I make no claim toward anyone’s guilt, innocence, motive, or family reunion traditions.