Po­lice cite 100 in raid on party

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By BROOKE SCHULTZ bschultz@ches­pub.com

Ap­prox­i­mately 100 peo­ple – con­sist­ing of mostly Univer­sity of Delaware stu­dents and sev­eral ju­ve­niles – were charged with un­der­age con­sump­tion of al­co­hol Satur­day af­ter po­lice raided a large off-cam­pus house party.

The charges fol­lowed the re­port of a dis­or­derly party in the area of East Park Place and Ash­ley Road just af­ter 3 p.m.

“Of­fi­cers de­ter­mined that al­co­hol was be­ing pro­vided to per­sons un­der the age of 21 who were at­tend­ing the party,” said Lt. An­drew Ru­bin, a spokesman for the Ne­wark Po­lice Depart­ment.

Ru­bin said that, ini­tially, about 50 peo­ple were gath­ered be­hind the house, with some peo­ple cross­ing into the yard of a neigh­bor, who did not give the par­ty­go­ers per­mis­sion to be in the yard.

The raid was based on a com­plaint from the pub­lic, Ru­bin said.

“When of­fi­cers went, they ob­served a large num­ber of peo­ple in the back­yard,” he con­tin­ued. “We had the man­power at the time to take fur­ther ac­tion with it, so they de­cided to take fur­ther ac­tion with it.”

NPD se­cured a search war­rant and, with the as­sis­tance of of­fi­cers from Delaware Al­co­hol & Tobacco En­force­ment, Univer­sity of Delaware Po­lice and New Cas­tle County Po­lice, found more than 170 peo­ple in the back­yard.

Ru­bin said the other of­fi­cers just hap­pened to be work­ing with the NPD that day, so when the re­port came in, they de­cided to work to­gether to take ac­tion on this case.

Ru­bin said 100 crim­i­nal sum­monses were is­sued to those un­der 21. They were re­leased at the scene and will ap­pear in court at a later date.

The ju­ve­niles were re­leased to a par­ent.

Mean­while, charges against the three UD stu­dents who hosted the party are pend­ing.

The raid came just a few months the Prince­ton Re­view named UD the na­tion’s top party school, but mass ar­rests for un­der­age drink­ing are noth­ing new for Ne­wark.

In 2016, 180 peo­ple were cited dur­ing a pre-planned con­trolled party dis­per­sal op­er­a­tion, also on East Park Place. In 2014, a sim­i­lar op­er­a­tion net­ted 145 ci­ta­tions dur­ing a party on Con­ti­nen­tal Av­enue.

Ru­bin said Satur­day’s in­ci­dent was not on the same scale, and the op­er­a­tion was not planned in ad­vance.

“This was fewer of­fi­cers,” he said. “They seized on that op­por­tu­nity and thought it was the best use of re­sources.”

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