Four arrested in Newark drug house invasion

Four suspects, including three teenagers, are behind bars following a drug-related home invasion in Newark.

The armed robbery occurred at the University Courtyard Apartments Tuesday, just before 8 p.m.

Police arrested 19-year-old James Elliot, 18-year-old James Zimkowski-Wheatley and 22-year-old Joseph Murach, all of Newark.

Investigators say when the victim answered a knock on the door, he saw three masked men — one armed with a baseball bat, another with a handgun.

The victim was struck with the bat, while, police say, another suspect held the other five occupants of the apartment at gunpoint.

The robbers demanded cash and a safe from the victim who, during the initial struggle, unmasked one of the suspects and identified him as an acquaintence.

The fourth suspect, 17-year-old Lauren Hudson of Newark, acted as the getaway driver, according to police.

The victim was transported to Christiana Hospital where he was treated for a broken eye socket.

Police confirm illegal drug activity occurred inside the apartment and believe the suspects were searching for drugs and drug money.

Charges for all four defendants include robbery, assault, possession of a firearm and conspiracy among others.

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