On October 30, 2022, at about 0009 hours, a female victim, 21, reported that she was waiting near her residence for a rideshare vehicle. The vehicle had been ordered for her by a friend, and the victim did not know the description of the vehicle she was waiting for. The victim observed a vehicle near her residence and thought it was the rideshare vehicle. She contacted that driver and entered the front seat of the vehicle thinking it was the correct vehicle.
As they began to drive towards the destination, the suspect had sexual contact with the victim. After a short time, the driver dropped the victim off at the destination.
Newark Police have identified the driver and the case is under investigation by Newark Police Detectives.
On October 31, 2022, at about 1800 hours, a sexual assault was reported to Newark Police. The assault occurred in the early morning hours of October 31, 2022. The female victim, 21, reported that she ordered a ride through a rideshare app. When the vehicle arrived, she entered the vehicle and they drove towards her destination. During the ride, the driver stopped the vehicle and began to sexually assault the victim. The victim was dropped off by the driver and later contacted police. The case is being investigated by Newark Police Detectives.
Both victims were examined at an area hospital, but were not injured. No known weapons were involved.
The suspects in the two incidents are different people.
The public is reminded to be vigilant and attentive when using a rideshare service. Rideshare users should follow some of these tips, which can also be found here:
Victims of crime in Newark may contact our Victim Services Coordinator, Ms. Melissa Pennachi, at (302) 366-7100 x. 3137 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Victim Services Coordinator is available to provide resources to victims of crime and assist them through the investigation and prosecution process.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Sgt. J. Skinner at (302) 366-7100 x. 3135 or email@example.com. Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.
On Saturday October 29th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Newark Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter medications will be accepted.
Bring your medications for disposal to the Newark Police Department at 220 South Main Street in Newark. The disposal site cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps – only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.
This event is DEA’s 23rd nationwide event since its inception more than 10 years ago. Almost 16 million pounds have been collected since the inception of the program in 2010.
During the most recent Take Back event in the spring of 2022, more than 4,600 pounds of unwanted medications were collected in Delaware. Nationwide, more than 721,000 pounds were collected at over 5,100 collection sites around the United States. Twenty-four other Delaware law enforcement agencies participated in the event, along with more than 4,400 other law enforcement agencies nationwide.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
According to the DEA:
Sharps and syringes will NOT be accepted due to the potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.