On May 5, 2021, Newark Police charged Benez Woodard, 20, of Newport News, Virginia, with robbery and related offenses stemming from a February 2, 2021 reported robbery on Hamlet Way. In addition, on April 29, 2021, a 17 year-old male from Newark was also charged for the same incident.
At the time of the initial report, two victims reported that they arrived on Hamlet Way to visit a friend. They reported that the friend came up to their vehicle and spoke with them. A short time later, two males came to their vehicle and pointed a handgun at them while demanding their property. The suspects stole personal property from the victims and fled the area.
Newark Detectives quickly determined that the incident did not occur exactly how it was reported and believed that the “friend” may have set-up a robbery of the two victims.
Both suspects turned themselves in to Newark Police and were charged with:
Woodard appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was released on $7,000 unsecured bail .
The 17 year-old male was additionally charged with Aggravated Menacing. He appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $45,000 secured bail. He was turned over to the custody of the New Castle County Detention Center in Wilmington.
On May 1, 2021, at about 1517 hours, two Newark Police Officers were conducting foot patrol on East Cleveland Avenue near Wilbur Street. They observed a line of traffic traveling eastbound on East Cleveland Avenue. A blue sedan was observed driving in the oncoming lane and over a double yellow line to pass the line of traffic. One of the officers stepped into the roadway in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle accelerated and the officer was able to avoid being struck by the vehicle. Officers observed the license plate number of the vehicle and area police agencies were advised of the incident. The officers were not injured.
A short time later, a Newport Police Officer observed the suspect vehicle pulling into the driveway of a Wilmington area residence. The Newport officer contacted the driver of the vehicle and took him into custody after a brief struggle.
The suspect was identified as Kevin Jimenez, 24, of Wilmington.
Jimenez was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with:
Jimenez appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was later released on $8,200 unsecured bail.