MURDER USA: Erik Hilton gave pizza shop his dinner order with slashes and thrusts with his knife and fled, leaving him to die in his business, says Delaware State Police

MURDER USA: Customer Placed Order at Dinner Hour in Pizza Shop with Multiple Thrusts of a Knife; Delaware State Police charged Erik Hilton with homicide

Delaware State Police arrested Erik Hilton, 22, of Bear, DE, for murder after a stabbing incident at a Newark area pizzeria that occurred last night.

On November 13, 2022, at approximately 6:10 p.m., troopers responded to La Piazza Di Caruso, located at 830 Peoples Plaza, Newark, DE, for a report of an assault. Upon arrival, troopers located a 41-year-old male Middletown, DE victim inside the store with multiple stab wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.


Further investigation determined the suspect entered the business and confronted the victim/owner of the store. The suspect stabbed the victim multiple times and fled the scene on foot. The suspect was located a short period later, receiving medical treatment at an area medical center for an injury sustained during the attack.

The suspect identified as Erik Hilton was taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 2 where he was charged with Murder First Degree (Felony) 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 committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $1,060,000.00 cash bond.

Erik G. Hilton has been a resident of Pennsylvania, according to Virginia court records from a 2019 traffic infraction.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is 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 contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at


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