Newark Man Arrested for Stalking Following Three Month Investigation

In October, 2019, a female University of Delaware student reported receiving a series of harassing text messages from unknown, anonymous numbers.  She began to receive the messages in August, 2019.  The messages contained vulgar language and derogatory remarks.

Newark Detectives traced the messages to a web-based messaging service which allows messages to be sent anonymously.  During interviews with Detectives, the victim provided the name of a possible suspect who was a former acquaintance who she knew from the University of Delaware.  The victim had not been in contact with the possible suspect for over four months.

Newark Detectives learned that investigators from the University of Delaware Police Department were also investigating the same suspect for similar conduct involving a different victim.  Detectives from both agencies were able to identify a link between the suspect and both victims.  The victims had no other known connection.  The suspect was identified based upon investigation into the computer used to access the messaging service.

The suspect was identified as Kyle Stevens, 25, of Newark.  Warrants were obtained for his arrest through Justice of the Peace Court #2.

On December 11, 2019, Stevens was taken into custody without incident at his residence in Newark.

Stevens was transported to Newark Police Headquarters where he was charged with Stalking and Harassment.  In addition, he was charged with an additional count of Stalking for the case investigated by the University of Delaware Police Department.  He appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $5,000 secured bail.  Stevens was turned over to the custody of the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Det. W. Anderson at (302) 366-7100 x. 3469 or wanderson@newark.de.us. Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.

Kyle Stevens

Baltimore Man Attempts to Flee Police After Trying to Cash Fraudulent Check

On November 27, 2019, at 1601 hours, Newark Police were dispatched to the Fulton Bank located at 281 East Main Street for a report of  a subject attempting to cash a fraudulent check.  Arriving officers spoke with bank management who advised that a male subject was at a teller counter attempting to cash a check using identification belonging to someone else.

As officers approached the suspect, he attempted to flee the bank.  However, the bank door was locked and he ran into the door, injuring himself.  He was taken into custody without further incident.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect used a driver’s license, that did not belong to him, in an attempt to cash a check in the name of the person on the license.

The suspect was identified as Kevin Dougherty, 34, of Baltimore, MD.  During a search of Dougherty,  heroin was found in his possession.

Dougherty was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with Identity Theft, Attempted Theft, Forgery Second Degree, Criminal Impersonation, Resisting Arrest and Possession of Heroin.  Dougherty appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $6,500 secured bail.  Dougherty was turned over to the custody of the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Kevin Dougherty