Smyrna Man Arrested For Carrying a Concealed Handgun

On January 10, 2020, at about 2328 hours, a Newark Police Officer was driving through the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn at 1119 South College Avenue.  The officer observed a group of five males that appeared to be smoking marijuana outside of the building.  The officer ordered the males to stop and they fled.  Some of the males fled into the building while one fled on foot across Old Cooches Bridge Road.  The officer pursued this male into the rear yard of a residence in the 1100 block of Old Cooches Bridge Road where the male was taken into custody without further incident.

The male was found to have discarded a handgun as he fled on foot.  This handgun, which was loaded, was recovered next to a residence past which he fled.

The male was identified as Philip Harris-Randolph, 20, of Smyrna, DE.  He was transported to Newark Police Headquarters where he was charged with the following offenses:

  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
  • Tampering With Physical Evidence
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Criminal Trespass Third Degree

Harris-Randolph appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was released on $25,000 unsecured bond.

Philip Harris-Randolph

Knifepoint Carjacking and Robbery on South College Avenue

On January 9, 2020, at about 1926 hours, Newark Police were dispatched to the parking lot of 650 South College Avenue for a report of a carjacking and robbery that just occurred.

Arriving officers contacted two male victims at the scene.  The victims advised that they were seated in a vehicle in the parking lot when a silver Hyundai Sonata pulled behind their vehicle.  A black male suspect approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and opened the driver’s door.  An unknown object was pressed against the driver’s chest and he was ordered from the vehicle.  The suspect removed personal property from the victim and then entered the vehicle.  At the same time, a black male opened the passenger door, displayed a knife to the passenger and ordered the passenger from the vehicle.  The suspect removed personal property from the victim and both suspects fled in the victims’ vehicle.

The stolen vehicle is a white 2005 Chrysler 300 with Delaware tag 527979.  The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound on South College Avenue.

The suspect vehicle was occupied by four black males who were about 18 – 25 years of age.  Some of the suspects had their faces covered.  The vehicle was driven by a black female in her late 20’s.  The suspect vehicle, a silver early 2000’s Hyundai Sonata, was last seen traveling behind the victim’s stolen vehicle as it fled the scene.

The victims were not injured during this incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Det. D. Bystricky at (302) 366-7100 x. 3136 or  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.