Update #1 – Arrest Made – Camera Found in Bathroom on South College Avenue

After a review of footage captured on the camera, Detectives were able to identify Desi Turner, 59, of New Castle, as the suspect who placed the camera in the bathroom.  Turner was an employee of the business at the time of the incident.

On November 18, 2019, Turner was taken into custody at his residence without incident and was transported to Newark Police Headquarters where he was charged with two counts of Violation of Privacy.  Turner appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was released on $3,000 unsecured bail.

At this time, two victims have been identified from the video footage.  At this early stage of the investigation, only footage from November 11th has been located.  If someone believes they may have used this bathroom on that date, they may contact Lt. F. Nelson at (302) 366-7100 x. 3119 or fnelson@newark.de.us for further information.  Victims of crime in Newark may always contact our Victim Services Coordinator, Ms. Melissa Pennachi, at (302) 366-7100 x. 3137.

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Desi Turner

Suspects Sought in Two Weekend Thefts

On November 16, 2019, at about 0100 hours, a suspect removed a clock from the wall of a 7-11 store located in the unit block of East Main Street.  The clock contained the 7-11 logo.  The suspect fled the store on foot after removing the clock.

The suspect is a white male, 18-22 years of age and wearing a blue jacket with the number “18” on the back, grey/black striped polo shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Cpl. R. Zappaterrini at (302) 366-7100 x. 3444 or rzappaterrini@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.


On November 16, 2019, at about 1130 hours, a male suspect entered the A T & T store in the 100-block of East Main Street.  The suspect removed a security wire that attached a cellular phone that was on display and then fled the store with the phone after being confronted by a store employee.  The employee was not injured.  The suspect is a black male, 20-25 years of age, 5’8″, 150 pounds, short curly hair and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with roses on it.

The suspect was last seen running on Center Street and was observed on a surveillance camera:

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Officer P. Klein at (302) 366-7100 x. 3480 or pklein@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.

Newark Police Arrest Eight for DUI in 31 hours

The Newark Police would like to remind the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Between November 14th at about 2300 hours and November 16th at 0600 hours, Newark Police Officers arrested eight drivers for DUI in eight separate incidents.  In fact, six of the arrests came in a 6 hour span between 0030 and 0630 this morning.

Of the arrests made, four resulted from traffic stops, two resulted from property damage crashes and two motorists were found asleep at the wheel – one in the roadway and another in the drive thru lane of a local restaurant.

As of early November, 2019, DUI arrests in Newark are up more than 16% over the same time period last year.

In 2018, over 4,000 people were arrested for DUI in Delaware and nearly 200 of those arrests occurred in Newark.

Driving Under the Influence is an easily preventable problem.  Use a ride share service, a taxi or call a sober friend.

For more information, see these resources from the Delaware Office of Highway Safety:
https://www.arrivealivede.com/
https://ohs.delaware.gov/impaired.shtml