Newark Man Arrested for Illegal Firearm Following Disorderly Party

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:

  • Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child
  • Providing Alcohol to a Minor
  • Possession of Marijuana

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.

Deonte Lewis

Update # 2 – Name Released – Shooting on South College Avenue

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 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.

Prior Press Releases:
Update #1
Original Release