Bank Robbery on East Delaware Avenue; Suspect Apprehended

On July 12, 2022, at about 1217 hours, a male suspect entered the TD Bank at 230 East Delaware Avenue in Newark.  The suspect, who was wearing a face covering, presented a note to two different tellers, a male and a female, demanding that they place money in bags provided by the suspect.  The tellers complied by turning over money and the suspect fled the bank in a vehicle.

A short time later, officers observed a person matching the suspect description in a vehicle stopped in traffic on West Main Street.  Officers took the suspect into custody at the scene.  Evidence related to the robbery was found in the vehicle.

The suspect was identified as Calvin Samuel, 39, of Valley Stream, NY.

Through investigative means, Samuel was also identified as the suspect in the June 27, 2022 bank robbery at the PNC bank on East Main Street.

Samuel was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with:

June 27, 2022 PNC Bank Robbery

  • Robbery First Degree
  • Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony

July 12, 2022 TD Bank Robbery

  • Robbery Second Degree (2 counts)
  • Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony (2 counts)

Samuel appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $90,000 cash bail. Samuel was turned over to the custody of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Samuel was also charged with additional bank robberies around the state handled by various other police agencies.

Calvin Samuel

Two Charged in Knife Assault on O’Daniel Avenue

On July 4, 2022, at about 0311 hours, Newark Police were notified by an area hospital that a female victim arrived suffering from multiple injuries caused by a knife.  Newark Police located the crime scene in the unit block of O’Daniel Avenue.

The investigation at the scene determined that a female victim arrived at a residence to meet with Chakeir Ford-Hopkins, 22, of Bear.  Ford-Hopkins and the victim are known to each other.  An altercation occurred between the victim, Ford-Hopkins and a female resident identified as Dymesha Gary, 23.

During the course of the altercation, Ford-Hopkins punched the victim in the head.  Gary then introduced a knife and cut the victim multiple times in the head, arms and hand.  The victim was transported to an area hospital by private automobile suffering from serious physical injuries.  The victim has since been released from the hospital.

After completion of the investigation by Newark Police detectives, warrants were obtained for the arrest of Ford-Hopkins and Gary.

On July 7, 2022, Newark Police executed a search warrant at Gary’s residence.  Both Ford-Hopkins and Gary were taken into custody without incident.  During the course of the search, two firearms and ammunition were located in the residence.  Ford-Hopkins is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm or ammunition.  They were both transported to Newark Police headquarters where they were charged with:

Gary
Assault First Degree
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
Aggravated Menacing

Ford-Hopkins
Possession of a Firearm By a Person Prohibited (2 counts)
Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited (2 counts)
Offensive Touching

Both suspects appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video.  Gary was ordered to be held in default of $41,000 cash bail.  She was turned over to the custody of the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle.

Ford-Hopkins was ordered to be held in default of $10,000 secured bail.  He was released after posting bond.