Since the report of this incident, Newark Police Detectives have worked with detectives from several other Delaware police agencies who were investigating similar crimes. On April 16, 2021, the suspects in this incident were taken into custody by Delaware State Police after they were found operating a vehicle stolen in a similar crime.
Newark Police charged a 16 year-old male from Wilmington, a 16 year-old male from New Castle and a 14 year-old male from Wilmington with the following offenses related to this incident:
The 14 year-old male was additionally charged with one count of Assault Third Degree. All three defendants appeared before a Justice of the Peace Court and were ordered to be held at the New Castle County Detention Center in default of cash bail ranging from $18,000 – $19,000.
Over the past several months, Newark Police have received an increasing number of reports of off-highway vehicles (OHV) being ridden on roadways and in shopping centers throughout the City.
Both the Delaware Code and City of Newark Code prohibit OHVs on public highways, streets and sidewalks and on private property without the permission of the owner. An OHV is a a motor driven off-road vehicle capable of cross-country travel without benefit of a road or trail. An ATV, or 4-wheel vehicle, is also considered an OHV.
On April 14, 2021, at about 1053 hours, a Newark Police officer observed both an ATV and a motorcycle riding on the roadway in the area of Willa Road and Lehigh Road. The officer engaged in a short pursuit with both the ATV and the motorcycle. The operator of the ATV, a 17 year-old male from Bear, fell off the ATV while attempting to negotiate a turn. He attempted to get back onto the ATV but was stopped by the officer. The operator did not suffer any injury. The operator of the motorcycle, a 28 year-old male from Newark, was stopped at the same time and taken into custody without incident.
Both operators were charged with various traffic offenses as a result of the incident. A conviction for a first offense on an OHV can include a $100 fine and/or impoundment of the OHV for up to 100 days, at the expense of the owner.
Additional information about the operation of OHVs in Newark can be found here.