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Dispute over vehicle leads to shots fired and drug arrest

Apr 12, 2016 12:43PM ● Published by Steven Hoffman

On Monday April 11, at approximately 12:07 A.M. the Newark Police responded to North Street for multiple reports of shots fired. Police officers responding to the area located a male shirtless and bleeding (not from a gunshot wound) on North College Avenue. This male was identified as William L. Hannah of New Castle, Del. Detectives and the Evidence Detection Unit were called to the scene to begin their investigation. During the investigation, it was learned that Hannah arrived at a residence on North Street in order to confront a subject over a dispute about a vehicle sale. While at the residence, Hannah became involved in a physical altercation with that subject, identified as Cesar B. Carela. The altercation spilled out of the residence where Hannah responded to a vehicle, retrieved a handgun, and fired four shots at the residence. No one in the area was injured by the gunfire. Hannah then fled on foot until he was stopped by responding police officers. The handgun has not been located. A search warrant was executed on Carela’s residence in reference to this investigation. During the search, detectives located a pound of marijuana. William Hannah was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm while under the influence, reckless endangerment, and two counts of aggravated menacing and was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institute in lieu of $39,250 secured bail. Cesar Carela was charged with possession of a controlled substance and released on $3,000 unsecured bond.


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