Weekly Crime Report – 08/21/19

The following are cases of interest handled by the Newark Police Department between August 10th and August 20th, 2019:

Burglary:

On August 18th between 1145 and 1556 hours in the 100-block of Woodlawn Avenue – Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence by breaking a rear door and removed property from within the residence.  No one was home at the time of the burglary.


Theft from a Motor Vehicle:

On August 10 between 0054 and 0100 hours on Rockwood Court – A white male suspect, wearing a long sleeve shirt and gloves, entered two vehicles and removed property, including a firearm, from within the vehicles.

Between August 17 at 2230 hours and August 18 at 1100 hours in the 1200-block of Wharton Drive – Unknown suspect(s) entered three vehicles, rummaged through them and removed property from one of the vehicles.  No vehicles were damaged and at least one was not locked at the time.


Theft:

On July 24th, at about 1923 hours, a victim’s wallet fell off the counter near the register at the Wawa at 601 Ogletown Road.  The victim did not realize this right away and returned a short time later to find the wallet missing. Surveillance video shows a black male wearing a backwards baseball cap, possibly leather, removing the wallet.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Cpl. M. Coughlin at (302) 366-7100 x. 3143 or mcoughlin@newark.de.us.


Notable Arrests:

On August 10th, at about 0017 hours, officers stopped a vehicle on Bellevue Road after it was observed committing several traffic violations.  Upon contact with the vehicle, officers smelled the odor of marijuana and observed marijuana in the vehicle.  The officers conducted a search of the vehicle and located a loaded handgun along with a small amount of marijuana.  Officers arrested the driver of the vehicle Brandon Norman, 27 of Eighty Four, Pennsylvania.  He was charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of Marijuana and various traffic offenses.  He appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was released on $70,000 unsecured bail.

Brandon Norman

On August 16th, at about 2357 hours, an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on South College Avenue.  The officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and conducted a search of the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle revealed quantities of heroin and crack cocaine that were packaged for sale.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jamar Merritt, 18, of Elkton, Maryland.  Merritt was taken into custody and charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver heroin, Possession with Intent to Deliver crack cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Merritt appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was released on his own recognizance.

Jamar Merritt

To provide information about any of these or other incidents, contact Newark Police via our tips page, where reward information may be available.

Newark Man Arrested for Illegal Firearm Following Disorderly Party

On August 20, 2019, at about 0130 hours, Newark Police responded to a report of a loud and disorderly party in a room at the Red Roof Inn located at 1119 South College Avenue in Newark.

Responding officers arrived to find a large group of people being loud, consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana in a hotel room.  The room was found to be occupied by twelve people, including five juveniles. Only one of the subjects was over 21 years-of-age.  Upon a search of the room, officers located a handgun with an obliterated serial number, along with alcohol and a small amount of marijuana.

Officers arrested Deonte Lewis, 21, of Newark, for the following offenses:

  • Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child
  • Providing Alcohol to a Minor
  • Possession of Marijuana

Lewis was a registered guest at the hotel.  Lewis appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was committed to the Howard R Young Correctional Facility in Wilmington in default of $25,002.00 cash bail.

In addition, officers arrested Brandon Hagler, 19, of Newark, for Underage Consumption of Alcohol and Possession of Marijuana.  He was released on his own recognizance for a court appearance at a later date.  No photo of Hagler is available.

Officers also arrested a 17 year-old male from Newark for Underage Consumption of Alcohol and Possession of Marijuana.  He was released on his own recognizance for a court appearance at a later date.

This incident is not related to the recent homicide at the same location.

Deonte Lewis

Update # 2 – Name Released – Shooting on South College Avenue

On August 19th, the Delaware Division of Forensic Science ruled the death in this incident a homicide by gunshot.  The victim has been identified as Donte Hammond, 21, of Newark.

The second victim, a 20 year-old male from Wilmington, has been admitted to an area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound.  His injury is not considered life-threatening.

The Newark Police Department Criminal Investigations Division continues to actively investigate this incident.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective W. Anderson at (302) 366-7100 x. 3469 or wanderson@newark.de.us.  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.

Prior Press Releases:
Update #1
Original Release