Wilmington Man Arrested Following Dispute Involving a Firearm

On 05/16/19, at about 1800 hours, Newark Police were dispatched to an apartment in the 2400 block of Millstone Drive for a report of an argument involving a firearm.  Upon arrival, officers contacted Patrick Powell, 21, of Wilmington.  Powell was taken into custody immediately upon the officers’ arrival as he reportedly had threatened someone with a handgun.  Once taken into custody, officers found he was in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun.

Upon further investigation, officers spoke with the reporting person who stated that she was an acquaintance of Powell’s.  Powell was at the residence as an overnight guest.  They began to argue at which point Powell produced the handgun and pointed it at the victim.  The victim was able to call police, who arrived and took Powell into custody without incident.

Powell was transported to Newark Police Headquarters where he was charged with the following offenses:

  • Aggravated Menacing
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon

Powell appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 where he was released on $49,000 unsecured bail.

Following Powell’s release from custody, he made contact with the victim in the incident in violation of a No Contact Order issued as part of his arrest.  Newark Police obtained an arrest warrant for Breach of Release.  The warrant is currently outstanding.  Anyone with information as to Powell’s whereabouts is asked to contact Newark Police at (302) 366-7111 or 9-1-1.

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Patrick Powell

Weekly Crime Report – 05/23/19

The following are cases of interest handled by the Newark Police Department between May 13th and 19th, 2019:


  • Between 5/12 & 5/16 on Winslow Rd – Unknown suspect(s) broke a rear window and entered a residence.  Once inside, they removed various property from within and fled the scene.  No video is available.  Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Det. Gerasimov at (302) 366-7100 x. 3474 or tgerasimov@newark.de.us.

Motor Vehicle Theft:

  • Between 5/15 & 5/16 on White Clay Drive – Unknown suspect(s) stole the victim’s Jeep Wrangler from the driveway of the residence.  The vehicle was recovered on 5/17 in the parking lot of the College Square Shopping Center.

Thefts From Motor Vehicles:

  • Between 5/12 & 5/13 in the 100 block of Meriden Dr – Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed property from within.
  • Between 5/12 & 5/13 in the 200 block of New London Rd – Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s vehicle by unknown means and removed property from within.
  • Between 5/19 at 0030 hours and 5/19 at 1500 hours in the 200 block of South Main St – Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s vehicle by unknown means and removed property from within.


  • On 5/14 on Fountainview Drive – A 39 year-old male was found unresponsive and not breathing as a result of an apparent drug overdose.  Lifesaving efforts were administered by police and EMS personnel and the subject was subsequently pronounced deceased.

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Penns Grove, NJ Man Arrested for Sexual Assault

On May 18, 2019, at about 0843 hours, a female came to Newark PD to report a sexual assault.  The victim reported that an acquaintance unlawfully entered her apartment on O’Daniel Ave and physically and sexually assaulted her.  The Criminal Investigations Division immediately began an investigation.

The victim reported that when she woke-up in the morning on May 18th, an acquaintance whom she identified as Luis Rivera, 27, of Penns Grove, NJ, was inside her apartment.  She did not let him into the apartment and he had no reason to be there.  Rivera became angry with the victim when he tried to speak with her and began to choke her with his hands.  He then proceeded to sexually assault her.  She was able to free herself from Rivera and fled to Newark Police Headquarters.

The victim was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries and was released.

On May 21, 2019, Detectives located Rivera in Middletown, DE where he was taken into custody without incident.  Rivera appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 where he was charged with Rape First Degree and Strangulation.  Rivera was ordered held on $55,000 cash bail.  His custody was transferred to the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Luis Rivera