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Woman Sexually Assaulted At Knife-Point In Newark, Escaped Near Downes Elementary

The Newark Police Department is investigating a reported sexual assault that occurred on May 4, 2019, at about 1:15 a.m., according to Lt Andrew Rubin

Rubin said at 2:03, Newark Police received a 911 call reporting a sexual assault that just occurred. Responding officers contacted the victim of the assault, a 21-year-old female. The victim reported that at about 1:15, she was walking on South Chapel Street in the area of East Delaware Avenue in Newark. The victim reported that a GMC pick-up truck pulled up to her and the male driver told her that he was driving for a rideshare service and offered her a ride home. The victim had not called for a ride.

The victim got into the vehicle and the driver began to drive northbound on North Chapel Street. At one point in the drive, while at an undetermined area, the driver pulled over and produced a knife (no further description). The driver then told the victim to perform a sexual act with him, while displaying the knife. After the sexual act was completed, the driver then continued to drive the victim.

Once on Vassar Drive in Newark, the victim was able to exit the vehicle and went to a nearby residence where 911 was called.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, about 40 years of age, medium build, short hair and he spoke in broken English with an accent.

The suspect vehicle is described as a silver 4-door GMC pick-up truck with an extended cab and a tool chest behind the cab. The vehicle reportedly has a license plate from an unknown state on both the front and back of the vehicle.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Det. D. Bystricky at (302) 366-7100 x. 3136 or

Additional methods of contacting Newark Police can be found on our tips page where a reward may also be available.

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