Police cite 100 in raid on party
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.”