UPDATE #2 – Additional Arrests – Investigation of Sunday Morning Robberies and Assault

Over the past week, two additional suspects have turned themselves in to Newark Police Detectives after arrest warrants were issued for their involvement in this incident.

The additional arrests include Brian J. Blake Jr., 18, and a 17 year-old male, both from Wilmington.

Each was charged with 30 total offenses, including:

  • Attempted Robbery First Degree (2 counts)
  • Robbery First Degree
  • Robbery Second Degree
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (2 counts)
  • Conspiracy Second Degree (3 counts)
  • Reckless Endangering Second Degree (7 counts)
  • Conspiracy Third Degree (3 counts)
  • Assault Third Degree (7 counts)
  • Menacing (4 counts)

Blake appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $213,700 cash bail.  Blake was turned over to the custody of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

The 17 year-old male appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was released on $280,000 unsecured bail to appear in Family Court at a later date.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Det. P. Keld at (302) 366-7100 x. 3106 or pkeld@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:
Original Release
Update #1


Brian J. Blake Jr.

Shooting on Ethan Allen Court

On June 8, 2021, at about 0054 hours, Newark Police were dispatched to a residence in the unit block of Ethan Allen Court for a report of a disturbance.  While officers were en route, a second call was received reporting a shooting at the same residence.

Upon arrival, officers located a male in the residence suffering from a gunshot wound.  This male was pronounced dead at the scene.  A second male at the residence was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound to the hand.  Officers rendered medical aid to this male and he was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injury.  He is in stable condition.

This incident is believed to be an altercation between people known to each other within the residence and there is no known threat to the community.  This investigation is in its early stages and further information will be released when available.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. A. Whitt at (302) 366-7100 x. 3483 or awhitt@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.