On August 3, 2020, at about 0147 hours, a Newark Police officer patrolling the Newark Reservoir contacted two people in a vehicle in the parking lot. The reservoir and its parking lot are closed from dusk until dawn, as are all other City of Newark parks.
The officer smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and conducted a search of the vehicle. During the search, the officer located marijuana packaged for sale. Additionally, officers located a handgun and a large amount of money under the driver’s seat. The handgun, which was fully loaded, was also missing its serial number.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kevin Palacios, 18, of Newark. He was taken into custody without incident. The passenger was released at the scene without charges.
Palacios was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with
Palacios appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $37,500 secured bail. Palacios was turned over to the custody of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.
On August 1, 2020, at about 0340 hours, Newark Police responded to the unit block of O’Daniel Avenue for a report of suspicious persons loitering in the parking lot looking into a vehicle.
Arriving officers stopped two suspects matching the description provided by the caller. One of the suspects was searched and was found in possession of property that had just been removed from a nearby unlocked vehicle.
Both of the suspects, 17 year-old males from Wilmington, were placed under arrest without incident. One of the males was found in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Both of the suspects were also found to be in violation of no contact orders as they had recently been arrested and were court ordered not to have contact with each other and to abide by a curfew while out on bail.
Both suspects were transported to Newark Police headquarters where they were charged with:
One of the males was also charged with Possession of Marijuana. Both males appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video. One defendant was ordered to be held in default of $8,450 secured bail and was turned over to the custody of the New Castle County Detention Center in Wilmington. The other defendant posted $7,300 secured bail and was released to a parent. Both defendants will appear in New Castle County Family Court at a later date.