Two Charged in Knife Assault on O’Daniel Avenue

On July 4, 2022, at about 0311 hours, Newark Police were notified by an area hospital that a female victim arrived suffering from multiple injuries caused by a knife.  Newark Police located the crime scene in the unit block of O’Daniel Avenue.

The investigation at the scene determined that a female victim arrived at a residence to meet with Chakeir Ford-Hopkins, 22, of Bear.  Ford-Hopkins and the victim are known to each other.  An altercation occurred between the victim, Ford-Hopkins and a female resident identified as Dymesha Gary, 23.

During the course of the altercation, Ford-Hopkins punched the victim in the head.  Gary then introduced a knife and cut the victim multiple times in the head, arms and hand.  The victim was transported to an area hospital by private automobile suffering from serious physical injuries.  The victim has since been released from the hospital.

After completion of the investigation by Newark Police detectives, warrants were obtained for the arrest of Ford-Hopkins and Gary.

On July 7, 2022, Newark Police executed a search warrant at Gary’s residence.  Both Ford-Hopkins and Gary were taken into custody without incident.  During the course of the search, two firearms and ammunition were located in the residence.  Ford-Hopkins is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm or ammunition.  They were both transported to Newark Police headquarters where they were charged with:

Assault First Degree
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
Aggravated Menacing

Possession of a Firearm By a Person Prohibited (2 counts)
Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited (2 counts)
Offensive Touching

Both suspects appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video.  Gary was ordered to be held in default of $41,000 cash bail.  She was turned over to the custody of the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle.

Ford-Hopkins was ordered to be held in default of $10,000 secured bail.  He was released after posting bond.

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