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Newark Police investigate robbery in the area of East Main Street

Updates: On June 6, Newark Police announced they had arrested a suspect: Christian Gates, 21. He was charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy. After appearing before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video, he was released on his own recognizance. 

On June 9, Newark Police announced the arrest of a second suspect: Reginald D. Jackson, 20. He also was charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy. He appeared before Justice of the Peace Court  #2 by video and was released on his own recognizance.

Newark Police are investigating the report of a robbery that occurred in the area of 58 East Main St., near Academy Street, at approximately 11 p.m., Tuesday, May 17. No known weapons were reported.

According to Newark Police, the victim left a local establishment and was walking in the municipal parking lot behind 58 East Main St., when approached by two male suspects. They engaged in a brief conversation and then both suspects knocked the victim to the ground. The suspects took the victim's personal property and fled on foot from the scene. The victim suffered minor injuries in the assault and robbery.

Police describe the suspects as a tall male wearing a white sweatshirt or long-sleeved shirt and a male wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. Newark Police and UD Police searched for the suspects but were unable to locate them.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Sergeant James Skinner of the Newark Police Departmetn at jskinner@newark.de.us or 302-366-7100, ext. 3135.


Members of the University community are reminded to be vigilant: If you see something, say something. Be aware of your surroundings and use well-lit paths.  Travel in groups when possible. Call 911 to report suspicious activity.

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