New Castle News

September 4, 2013

Police: Man celebrates with gunfire

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Devin Bongivengo turned 18 on Monday.

The next morning, he went to jail.

New Castle police arrested him as the suspect in the firing of multiple gunshots in the area of Wallace Avenue and Locust Street early Tuesday.

Officers said Bongivengo also had been seen looking into windows and had left a gun on the porch of a house where he had been seen.

Police had received calls around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday about gunshots in the Wallace Avenue area, and an officer also heard a gunshot. Police then received a call from a Park Avenue resident who said she had seen a man looking at a car in an alley and that he was looking into the windows of a house.

Police saw the man, identified as Bongivengo, walking toward Park Avenue in an alley, stopped him and frisked him for weapons. When they found two unopened cans of beer in his back pants pockets, police said, he told them he was celebrating his 18th birthday.

Police searched also found a live bullet and $880, divided into multiple stacks and held together with a rubber band.

Officers had been summoned to that area two hours earlier by callers reporting gunfire.

After Bongivengo was caught, an officer found a .357 magnum revolver hidden under the railing on the side of the front porch of the Park Avenue house where he had been spotted, and one of the bullets had been fired. The officer noted the weapon smelled of gunpowder from a recent firing.

The rounds in the cylinder matched the one found in Bongivengo’s pocket, police said, adding the gun had been reported stolen.

Bongivengo, of 415 Boyles Ave., is charged with receiving stolen property, illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, loitering and prowling at night, public drunkenness and purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages.

He was arraigned by District Judge Melissa Amodie, who set bond at $10,000.