Update – Name Released – Fatal Train Collision Involving a Pedestrian

On July 8, 2019, at about 0739 hours, Newark Police were dispatched to the CSX railroad tracks for a subject struck by a train.  The victim was found deceased on the tracks behind the 100-block of Madison Drive.

The victim has been identified as Steven Yamazaki, 28, of Newark.  The Newark Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is attempting to determine why Yamazaki was on the tracks.

Yamazaki was turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science as part of the investigation.  No criminal activity is suspected at this time and no further releases are anticipated.

Original Release

Update – Arrest Made in South Main Street Armed Robberies

On July 6, 2019 at approximately 1326 hours, Newark Police responded to Sunoco on South Main St for a reported robbery. The store employee reported that a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt entered the store and attempted to complete a transaction. The suspect then ran around the counter and tried to grab money out of the open cash register. The suspect was unsuccessful in his attempts to obtain any money. The suspect then fled the business with an unknown amount of cigarettes.

On July 7, 2019 at approximately 0636 hours, Newark Police responded to Sunoco on South Main St for a knifepoint robbery that just occurred.  The employee stated that a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt entered the store, displayed a knife, and demanded money.  The suspect then fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

On July 7, 2019, Newark Police SWAT Team arrested Shane Kudlick, 21, of Newark for the series of robberies on South Main Street.  Through investigative means, including reviewing surveillance video Kudlick was identified as the suspect in these robberies. A warrant for his arrest was subsequently issued. Evidence recovered during search warrants on his apartment and investigative measures linked him to the following incidents:

  • June 23, 2019 – Robbery / Sunoco on South Main St
  • July 5, 2019 – Attempted Robbery / 7-Eleven on South Main St
  • July 6, 2019 – Robbery / Sunoco on South Main St
  • July 7, 2019 – Robbery / Sunoco on South Main St

Kudlick was transported back to Newark Police Headquarters where he was charged with the following offenses:

  • Robbery First Degree x 2
  • Attempted Robbery First
  • Robbery Second Degree
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony x 3
  • Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony x 2

Kudlick appeared before Justice of the Peace Court and was held on $123,000 secured bond.  His custody was transferred to the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.


Shane Kudlick

Original Release: June 23, 2019 –  Armed Robbery of South Main Street Gas Station
Original Release: July 5, 2019 – Armed Robbery Attempt on South Main Street


Newark Police Seek Assault Suspect

On July 7, 2019 at 0143 hours, Newark Police responded to the 300 block of Christina Mill Drive, in reference to an assault. The 24 year old female victim stated that during an argument with an acquaintance, she was physically assaulted. The victim identified her acquaintance as Taylor Reynolds, 25 of Newark, DE. She was able to eventually leave the apartment and contact the police. Reynolds fled from the residence prior to police contact and has not been located.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.

Newark Police have obtained warrants charging Reynolds with the following crimes:

  • Assault Second Degree Recklessly Intentional Serious Injury
  • Strangulation

Anyone with information as to Reynolds’ whereabouts is asked to call Newark Police at (302) 366-7111 or 9-1-1.

Additional methods for contacting Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where a reward may be available.

 Taylor Reynolds