Fugitive From Bear, DE Attempts to Enter Multiple Houses Fleeing From Assault Scene

On May 18, 2020, at about 1534 hours, Newark Police were called to the parking lot of a business in the 200 block of South Main Street for a report of an assault that had just occurred.  Responding officers contacted a female victim who advised that she had been punched in the face by an acquaintance while in a vehicle in the parking lot.  There was a court order in place prohibiting the suspect from having contact with the victim.  The suspect, who was later identified as David Rizzo, 46, of Bear, fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival.  The victim did not require medical attention.

While officers were speaking with the victim, the Newark Police 911 Center received calls that there was a male running through backyards in the 200 block of Murray Road.  The male was attempting to enter residences on the street.

Newark Police Officers checked the area and located Rizzo hiding in bushes on the property of the West Park Elementary School on West Park Place.  Rizzo was taken into custody without incident.

Officers contacted residents of two houses on Murray Road.  The residents advised that Rizzo attempted to enter their residences but was unable to do so due to locked doors.  No damage was caused and no entry was gained.

Rizzo was found to be wanted on warrants from New Castle County Police, Wilmington Police and Middletown Police.  In addition, he was wanted on capiases from multiple Delaware courts.

Rizzo was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with:

  • Attempted Burglary First Degree (2 counts)
  • Offensive Touching
  • Breach of Release

Rizzo appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $11,100 secured bail.  Rizzo was turned over to the custody of the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

David Rizzo