New Castle County Police continue to investigate the abduction of a 4-year-old girl from the community of Village of Plum Run. She was located about two hours later in the area of Banning Park.
(Wilmington, Del. 19808) Yesterday (April 6) at about 7:00 p.m., County Police were dispatched to the 4800 block of Sugar Plum Court in reference to a reported child abduction that had just occurred. Witnesses observed a 4-year-old girl playing outside when she was approached by a suspect described as a white male with dark hair driving a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows. The suspect took her to his vehicle and fled.
Officers searched the area until about 8:45p.m. when a passerby located the child in the area of Banning Park. After the child was located, she was taken by ambulance to A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children for treatment and evaluation. During the evaluation, investigators discovered evidence of a sexual assault. The child was treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries and reunited with her family.
Police conducted a thorough search of the area, receiving assistance from multiple agencies including the Delaware State Police and the FBI. New Castle County Police Detectives worked this case through the night searching for evidence and video surveillance. Detectives continue their investigation into this incident and are currently canvassing the area and searching for additional surveillance video.
This is an active and ongoing investigation; further information will be released as it becomes available. We ask that anyone with surveillance video in the area of Village of Plum Run or Banning Park contact New Castle County Police at (302)-573-2800. We also ask that parents talk with their children and remind them to be cautious and warn of ‘stranger danger.’
Anyone with information on this incident can contact New Castle County Police at (302) 573-2800. Citizens can also submit a tip via our website at http://www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook at New Castle County Police Department. Citizens who currently have the smartphone application are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips. Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit. The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all iPhone and Android smartphones.