Skip to main content

Suspects Wanted for Strangling Officer, Inciting Riot in Newark


Police in Newark reported that warrants had been issued for the arrests of Mr. Darnee Thomas, 33, and Isaiah Diggs, 22, in connection with inciting a riot on Friday, August 5. 

According to police, at approximately 12:15 p.m., a police officer placing a suspect into his patrol car while making an arrest in the 400 block of Elizabeth Avenue was grabbed by a man at the scene.

Another police officer intervened by attempting to free the officer, but the second officer was then strangled by the man who grabbed the officer.

Police said that a third officer attempting to control the crowd at the scene was struck on his left elbow because a crowd was gathering.

Detectives investigating these incidents identified Darnee Thomas and Isaiah Diggs as suspects.

According to Newark Police, officials obtained a warrant, and both men are being sought for inciting a riot.  

Police also seek the public’s help in identifying the below-pictured third suspect, who is being sought for inciting a riot and obstructing the administration of the law.


Director Fragé urges anyone with information about the whereabouts of Darnee Thomas, Isaiah Diggs, or the identity of the third suspect to call the Police Division’s 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477).

All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are confidential and could result in a reward.