HONESDALE -- The Wayne County District Attorney announced the arrest of Dene Elliot Hayes, age 21, and Stephen Gerhardt, age 21, both of Honesdale, for participating in an assault and subsequent obstruction of law enforcement. Hayes is charged with criminal conspiracy and criminal solicitation to commit aggravated assault and simple assault, obstruction of justice and obstruction of the administration of law. Gerhardt is charged with assault, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and other related offenses.
The Pennsylvania State Police allege Hayes and Gerhardt participated in an assault that occurred outside Turkey Hill, Honesdale Borough, in the early hours of August 13, 2020. Upon investigation, State Police identified Hayes as a suspect.
When the State Police arrived at the location of Hayes, he was uncooperative and yelled from the police cruiser to other suspects located within the residence “they’re getting a warrant.” Gerhardt, who was in the residence, has a warrant for his arrest from York County PA for charges of criminal attempt homicide.
Hayes and Gerhardt are held in the Wayne County Correctional Facility on $200,000.00 bail each.
The investigation of this incident is ongoing.
The Central Court date for Hayes is set for August 19, 2020.
“The diligence by the State Troopers to not only arrest individuals in the
assault but also arrest a fugitive from justice is commendable. Their continued efforts to keep our community safe at all hours of the day and night cannot be overstated.”