Guy With Chemical-Soaked Rag Tries to Abduct Delaware College Student, Another Woman

What to Know

  • Police believe same man tried to abduct 2 women at adjacent apartment complexes.
  • The attacker got away after his victims fought back.

Two women, including a University of Delaware student, say they fought off a man trying to kidnap them from behind in separate incidents just hours apart in Newark, Delaware.

A UD student reported being attacked from behind while unloading items from her car at Colonial Gardens along E Main Street around 11:20 p.m. Sunday, Newark Police said.

The attacker approached the woman as she was leaving her building and tried to cover the 28-year-old's mouth with a chemical-soaked rag, police said. She fought back and he fled.

Then, about four hours later at Main Towers – just a one minute walk down Main Street – a man grabbed a 61-year-old woman as she was getting out of her car and put his hand over her mouth and neck, police said.

She also fought back and he escaped on foot.

Neither victim required hospitalization.

Investigators described the suspect as being a thin man in his early 20s who stands around 5-foot, 6-inches tall. Surveillance video possibly captured him moments before the second attack.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Det. James Skinner at 302-366-7100 ext. 3135 or

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