Attempted Kidnaping? Carjacking? Concerning Incident In Mall Parking Lot

The Delaware State Police are investigating what they are calling an attempted carjacking that took place in a Christiana Mall parking lot Wednesday night, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.

Hatchell said the incident occurred at approximately 7:25 p.m., March 23, 2022, in the parking lot of the Target at the Christiana Mall, located at 800 Christiana Mall in Newark. The investigation determined a male suspect approached a 14-year-old male victim as he returned to his brother’s vehicle in the parking lot. The suspect advised the victim to give him everything and the victim attempted to run away but fell to the ground. The suspect stood overtop the victim took his car keys and demanded that he get into the vehicle, said Hatchell. The victim refused and fled into the food court.

The victim’s vehicle was later located in the parking lot running with the doors open. The victim was not injured during the incident.

The suspect was described as a thin black male in his 20’s, approximately 6’1” tall, and wearing all dark clothing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sergeant Pixley of the Troop 2 Criminal Investigative Unit by calling 302-365-8403.

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