Philadelphia Man Wanted for Strangulation and Assault

On February 26, 2021, at about 1227 hours, Newark Police responded to a room at the Candlewood Suites Hotel in the 1100 block of South College Avenue for a report of an assault.  The victim reported to officers that a person known to her came to her hotel room uninvited and was inside the room when she entered.  During the course of an argument, the suspect struck the victim in the face and strangled the victim.  He damaged her cell phone, which had been in her hand.  The suspect then left the area in an unknown direction.

The suspect has been identified as David Werts, 36, of Philadelphia, PA.

On February 26, 2021, a warrant for Werts’ arrest was issued by Justice of the Peace Court #02 for charges of Strangulation, Assault Third Degree and Criminal Mischief.

Anyone with information about Werts’ location is asked to contact Newark Police at (302) 366-7111 or 9-1-1.  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.

David Werts

Three Vehicles Stolen During Overnight Hours

On the morning of February 25, 2021, Newark Police received three separate reports of thefts of vehicles that occurred during the overnight hours.  All three thefts occurred within a small area.  However, it is unknown if these thefts are related.  All three vehicles were reported to have been unlocked with keys left inside the vehicle.  The following thefts were reported:

  • Unit block of Madison Drive – 2007 Mazda 6 which was recovered later that morning in Wilmington.
  • Unit block of Munroe Road – 2016 white Acura RDX with license plate DE PC142099.  This vehicle has not been recovered.
  • 200 block of Smoke Rise Lane – 2013 black Hyundai Sonata with license plate PA LLN6548.  This vehicle has not been recovered.

The Newark Police continue to stress that locking vehicle doors is an easy way to avoid becoming a victim of a theft.  In addition, never leave valuables nor keys to the vehicle inside your vehicle.  Please report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 911.  Additional tips can be found on the graphic.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Det. T. Gerasimov at (302) 366-7100 x. 3474 or tgerasimov@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.