New Castle Man Arrested for Putting a Chemical in a Co-Worker’s Beverage

On December 30, 2019, Newark Police arrested Curtis Malloy, 50, of New Castle for one count of Adulteration.  The arrest closes a nearly nine-month long investigation into a report that a chemical had been placed by one co-worker into another co-worker’s beverage.

On April 10, 2019, a female victim reported that she had been in a recent argument with a co-worker at a business in the 300 block of Markus Court in Newark.  She reported that she did not get along with the co-worker and she suspected that he had poured a chemical into her beverage at her workstation.  The victim reported that when she went to drink a beverage she had at her workstation, she thought it smelled like Pine-Sol cleaning solution.  The victim did not drink the beverage at that time.  She reported to police that she suspected that the co-worker had been tampering with her food and drinks for an extended period of time.  The beverage was seized and an investigation was launched by a Detective from the Newark Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.

The Detective interviewed co-workers and obtained video surveillance from the business.  This information provided evidence of Malloy’s presence at the victim’s workstation at times when he should not have been there.  Malloy resigned his employment after this incident occurred.

The seized beverage was analyzed by the Pennsylvania State Police Harrisburg Regional Crime Lab and found to contain Isopropyl Alcohol, which is consistent with a chemical in Pine-Sol.

On December 26, 2019, a warrant was obtained charging Malloy with one count of Adulteration, a felony.

On December 30, 2019, Malloy turned himself in to Newark PD.  He appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was released on his own recognizance to appear in the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas at a later date.

Curtis Malloy

Newark Man Arrested for Thefts From Multiple Vehicles

On December 19, 2019, at about 0423 hours, Newark Police received a report of a theft from a vehicle that had just occurred in the 900 block of Rahway Drive in Newark.  Responding officers canvassed the area and located a male loitering by a vehicle in a driveway in the 900 block of Kenilworth Avenue.  Officers attempted to make contact with the male and he fled on foot through backyards on Kenilworth Avenue.  Officers engaged in a foot pursuit with the male and took him into custody.  During a search incident to the arrest, heroin and drug paraphernalia were found in the suspect’s possession.  In addition, a hammer used to break vehicle windows was also found in his possession.

Officers then checked the surrounding streets and located six vehicles that had been entered and had items removed.  These vehicles were located on Amherst Drive, Rahway Drive, Kenilworth Avenue, High Pond Drive and Woodsman Drive.  All of the vehicles had been left unlocked at the time of the thefts.

The investigation is ongoing as to whether this suspect is linked to recent thefts from other vehicles in Newark.

The suspect was identified as Bradley Hooks, 28, of Newark.  Hooks was transported to Newark Police Headquarters where he was charged with the following offenses:

  • Burglary Third Degree (6 counts)
  • Theft Under $1500 (6 counts)
  • Possession of Burglar’s Tools
  • Trespass Third Degree (3 counts)
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Hooks appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $17,902 secured bail.  Hooks was turned over to the custody of the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

As a result of this incident, assorted personal property was recovered and returned where the owner could be identified.  However, owners were not identified for some property, including jewelry.  Anyone who believes that their stolen property may have been recovered by Newark Police is asked to email PFC C. McKennon at

Bradley Hooks