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Troopers: Man Attacks Fellow Guest With Hammer At Newark-Area Hotel

Newark – The Delaware State Police have charged 46-year-old John R. Lyons of Newark, with felony assault and weapons charges stemming from a fight at an area hotel that occurred early Friday morning, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 12:00 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Extended Stay America hotel, located at 333 Continental Dr., Newark, when Lyons became involved in a verbal altercation with a 38-year-old male subject who was staying in an adjacent room at the hotel.

After the initial altercation, the two men separated, but a short time later, Lyons again confronted the victim in the parking lot of the hotel. The altercation turned physical and during the course of the fight, Lyons struck the victim in the upper torso with a hammer, according to Austin. After being struck the victim was able to take possession of the hammer at which time Lyons fled back to his room.

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Responding Troopers located Lyons in his room where he was taken into custody without incident. The immediate investigation produced physical evidence, to include the hammer that further linked Lyons to the crime.

Lyons was transported to Troop 6 where he was charged with one count each of Assault 2nd Degree and Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony. He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #11 and then committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $12,500.00 secured bail.

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