Police in Newark are reporting that officers recovered an AR-15 assault weapon and a quantity of drugs after executing a search warrant on a vehicle following the arrest of Demitri Lewis on Saturday, October 7th.
Detectives of the Special Enforcement Bureau responded to a Crime Stoppers tip about a man with a gun in the area of Kent and Brenner streets.
Police observed a man, later identified as Demitri Lewis, 23, of Henderson, North Carolina, who fit the description of the suspect.
Police arrested Lewis without incident and in possession of a loaded .357 caliber handgun and is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of Prohibited Ammunition (hollow point bullets).
Police said after Lewis’ arrest on Saturday, detectives continuing their investigation developed sufficient evidence to obtain a search warrant for a rental car that Lewis had been using, which was parked at the arrest location.
Today detectives executed the search warrant and found two revolvers, one semi-automatic pistol and the AR-15.
Authorities said they also recovered marijuana, Xanax pills, two high capacity magazines, more than 100 rounds of hollow point ammunition and a bullet proof vest.
Lewis now faces the additional charges of three counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of an Assault Weapon, Possession of Hollow Point Bullets, Possession of two High Capacity Magazines, Possession of CDS and Xanax pills and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm while Engaged in a Narcotics Transaction.
Director Ambrose urges anyone with information about this incident to call the Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867).
All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.