April 18, 2017- An arrest was made for these incidents. See 4/18/17 press release for additional details.
April 15, 2017 – Newark Police Department is investigating three possibly related incidents that occurred in the late hours of 4/14/17. The first incident occurred at approximately 10:00p.m. in the area of Lovett Avenue and Haines Street. A 19 year old female University of Delaware student reported that she was grabbed on the shoulder and buttocks as she was walking on Haines Street. The suspect continued walking past the victim after grabbing her and the victim called police a short time later.
The second incident occurred at approximately 10:35p.m. on the sidewalk in the unit block of Prospect Avenue. The victim, a 20 year old female University of Delaware student, reported that she was grabbed on her buttocks by a male as he walked by. He was last seen walking eastbound on Prospect Avenue. This incident was reported to police approximately one hour and 20 minutes later.
The third incident occurred at approximately 11:25p.m. and began in the area of N. Chapel Street and New Street. The two victims, 20 and 21 year old University of Delaware students, reported that they were walking northbound on N. Chapel Street when a male began following them on foot. The suspect continued following them to the area of Prospect Avenue, until one of them contacted police by cell phone. Officers checked the area for the suspect, however, they were unable to locate him.
Suspect description: Hispanic or white male, 20 – 30 years old, 5’7’’, thin build, beard, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, with dark colored pants. No further description is available at this time.
There is no surveillance video available for release at this time.
Investigators from Newark Police and University of Delaware Police are actively working to identify a suspect in these incidents. Anyone with additional information should contact Newark Police Detective William Anderson, 302-366-7100 x3469, or William.Anderson@cj.state.de.us
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