On August 20, 2019, at about 0130 hours, Newark Police responded to a report of a loud and disorderly party in a room at the Red Roof Inn located at 1119 South College Avenue in Newark.
Responding officers arrived to find a large group of people being loud, consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana in a hotel room. The room was found to be occupied by twelve people, including five juveniles. Only one of the subjects was over 21 years-of-age. Upon a search of the room, officers located a handgun with an obliterated serial number, along with alcohol and a small amount of marijuana.
Officers arrested Deonte Lewis, 21, of Newark, for the following offenses:
Lewis was a registered guest at the hotel. Lewis appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was committed to the Howard R Young Correctional Facility in Wilmington in default of $25,002.00 cash bail.
In addition, officers arrested Brandon Hagler, 19, of Newark, for Underage Consumption of Alcohol and Possession of Marijuana. He was released on his own recognizance for a court appearance at a later date. No photo of Hagler is available.
Officers also arrested a 17 year-old male from Newark for Underage Consumption of Alcohol and Possession of Marijuana. He was released on his own recognizance for a court appearance at a later date.
This incident is not related to the recent homicide at the same location.
On August 19th, the Delaware Division of Forensic Science ruled the death in this incident a homicide by gunshot. The victim has been identified as Donte Hammond, 21, of Newark.
The second victim, a 20 year-old male from Wilmington, has been admitted to an area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. His injury is not considered life-threatening.
The Newark Police Department Criminal Investigations Division continues to actively investigate this incident. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective W. Anderson at (302) 366-7100 x. 3469 or email@example.com. Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.