Jogger Robbed, Nearly Raped In Wilmington

On Thursday, February 22, 2017 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wilmington 911 was notified of an attempted sexual assault on South Park Drive in the area of the swinging bridge, according to Wilmington Police.

Officials said that the preliminary investigation indicates that a 28-year-old female was running westbound on S. Park Drive in the area of the swinging bridge when she was pushed to the ground from behind by an unknown black male.

The unknown male attempted to sexually assault the victim, however the victim was able to fend the suspect off. Prior to fleeing on foot in an unknown direction, the suspect was able to remove some of the victims personal property, according to police.

The victim was assisted by another runner in the area who then notified police. Several responding Uniform Services Division officers along with members of the Criminal Investigations Division conducted an extensive area search for the suspect which met with negative results.

The only suspect description available is a short, black male, approximately 30 years of age and wearing dark clothing. The investigation remains active and ongoing at this hour. Anyone who has information relative to this investigation is asked to call Detective Jamie Tobin at 302-576-3643.

An earlier version of this story stated that the incident occurred on South Park Street (Wyoming, Ave.) in North Wilmington. The incident actually took on South Park Street in Brandywine Park.