Troopers Investigating Assault In Pike Creek, Suspect Identified

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The Delaware State Police are investigating an assault that took place in the parking lot of Goldey Beacom College, Monday afternoon and is asking for help in locating the suspect.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:38 p.m., Monday, February 11, 2019, in the parking lot of Goldey Beacom College, located at 4701 Limestone Road in Wilmington. A 20-year-old male subject was confronted in the parking lot by a suspect later identified as Ralph A. Cruz, 42, of Chestertown, Maryland, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin. Cruz knocked the victim to the ground and then struck him repeatedly with his closed fist, said Austin. After the assault, Cruz entered into a vehicle that was occupied by multiple other subjects, which fled onto Limestone Road. The victim was treated at the Christiana Hospital for serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Further investigation determined that the assault was not a random act but that the victim was specifically targeted due to a prior alleged altercation with an acquaintance of Cruz, said Austin.

Cruz is described as a black male, 6’1” tall, 205 lbs.

Warrants are currently on file charging Cruz with Assault 2nd Degree (Felony). Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Aviola at Troop 6 by calling 302-633-5000.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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