A Newark man is facing numerous charges, including two weapon offenses, after police busted an underage party at the Red Roof Inn early Tuesday morning.
The arrest came just two days after a man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting at the same motel, though police were quick to note the two incidents are not related.
Tuesday’s incident happened around 1:30 a.m. at the motel on South College Avenue, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
Officers responding to a call of a loud and disorderly party found a group of 12 people smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol and being loud in one of the motel rooms, Rubin said. All but one were under age 21, including five juveniles. There was a “thick cloud of marijuana smoke throughout the entire room,” according to court documents.
The only person of legal drinking age was Deonte Lewis, 21, who was the registered guest of the hotel.
Police searched the room and found a handgun with the serial number removed in Lewis’s backpack, according to court records.
Lewis admitted to police that he smoked marijuana in the presence of the juveniles and supplied alcohol to the minors, court records indicate. He added that the juveniles were aware of the gun and had asked to see it.
Lewis was charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, providing alcohol to a minor and possession of marijuana. He was jailed after failing to post $25,002 cash bail.
Meanwhile, Brandon Hagler, 19, of Newark, and a 17-year-old Newark boy were charged with underage drinking and possession of marijuana and were released on their own recognizance.