Troopers: Ride From Dover Turns Into Rape, Woman Seriously Injured

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police are investigating a sexual assault incident that took place in North Wilmington over the weekend, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the investigation has determined that on Saturday, September 15, 2018, a woman and her female friend, were seeking transportation from Dover to their respective residences. At approximately 10:00 a.m., while still in Dover, they were offered and accepted a ride from an unknown black male who was operating a black, unknown make and model 4 door vehicle.

After driving north from Dover, the first woman was dropped off near Wilmington as planned. The other woman remained in the vehicle in anticipation of being driven to her home as agreed upon. Instead of continuing on to her home, the male suspect pulled in to the Merchant Square Shopping Center located in the 4000 block of Governor Printz Boulevard, Wilmington, at which time he demanded sex from the female victim, which she refused, according to Austin.

The suspect then drove to a secluded area, where he parked. The suspect then forcibly removed the victim from the vehicle and proceeded to sexually assault her, said Austin. After the suspect left the area in his vehicle the victim was able to flag down a passing motorist who allowed her to use a phone to call 911. The victim was transported to an area hospital where she was treated for serious injuries.

The suspect is described as black male, 5’9”, 190 lbs., dark complexion, with short gray hair.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective A. Lloyd of the Troop2 Major Crimes Unit by calling 302-365-8411.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

Because of the sensitive nature of this case, and in consideration for the victim, only limited information will be released, according to Austin.


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