Feds Indict Man Charged With Kidnapping, Seriously Injuring Woman, 80

A federal grand jury returned an indictment this week charging Ralph Harmon, a resident of Salisbury, Maryland, with committing a violent carjacking and kidnapping in Seaford, Delaware.

According to the indictment, on January 13, 2023, defendant Ralph Harmon, 24, carjacked and kidnapped a person referred to in the Indictment as “Victim.” The Indictment alleges that the carjacking resulted in serious bodily injury to the Victim.

Harmon is charged with carjacking and interstate kidnapping. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for the kidnapping and 25 years in prison for the carjacking. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Original Story

Two days after the incident Seaford Police Department Detectives identified Ralph Harmon as the suspect in the carjacking, and kidnapping of the Seaford woman.

Officials said that the incident occurred on Arch Street in Seaford on Friday at approximately 9:56 a.m.

An 80-year-old female victim was in the driveway of her residence near her vehicle when she was approached, physically assaulted, and placed inside her vehicle by a male suspect. The suspect took possession of the vehicle and knowingly fled the area with the victim inside the vehicle according to police. At some point during this incident, the victim was bound and transported to a residence located in south Salisbury, Maryland. The victim was located in this area and transported to an area hospital where she was treated for her injuries and later released.

Maryland Authorities later located the victim’s vehicle, in Salisbury MD, with multiple subjects inside that fled from the vehicle on foot upon their approach. Maryland Authorities pursued the subjects on foot and one of the subjects apprehended was identified as Harmon, who was later arrested by the Maryland Authorities for crimes committed in Maryland.

Seaford Police Department has obtained an arrest warrant from the Justice of the Peace Court. Harmon has been charged with Kidnapping First Degree; Assault First Degree; Robbery First Degree; Aggravated Menacing; Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony; Theft of a Motor Vehicle; and Other Related Charges.

Maryland court records show that Harmon is being held on a fugitive from justice warrant out of Delaware. He is also being held on additional charges out of Maryland. Those are included below.

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