(Wilmington, DE 19809) Yesterday (Aug 8), while on patrol in the community of Edgemoor Terrace, patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police observed an older model Dodge Shadow traveling on Polk Dr after turning off of Rysing Dr.  As the Shadow passed the officers,  they saw that the operator was not wearing his seatbelt and then observed that the vehicle was not displaying tags. The vehicle then quickly changed direction and turned onto North Stuyvesant.  When the officers activated their emergency equipment the Shadow came to a stop on South Stuyvesant.

The officers approached the vehicle and introduced themselves to the driver, 49-year-old William Lewis.  As they were speaking,  one of the officers observed the textured grip of a handgun underneath Lewis’ leg.  He was immediately taken into custody.  The officers then discovered that Lewis was wearing a shoulder holster under his hooded sweatshirt. Inside the shoulder holster were two fully loaded magazines.

The officers’ investigation revealed that the handgun was loaded, and it did not have any manufacturer information or a serial number. These firearms are commonly referred to as Ghost Guns

He was taken back to police headquarters and charged with one count of felony Possession of an Unfinished Firearm Frame or Receiver without Manufacturer and Serial Number, one count of Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Violent Felony), one count of felony Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited (Violent Felony), one count of Felony Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Firearm), and the following traffic charges: Failure to have Insurance, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Duty to have License in Possession, and a Seatbelt violation.

He was arraigned by Justice of The Peace Court 2 and released on his own recognizance.

William Lewis