Attempted carjacking in Wilmington; suspect arrested

(John Jankowski/for WHYY)

(John Jankowski/for WHYY)

A woman was stabbed several times last night in the parking lot of the Shop Rite in Wilmington.

Wilmington Police were dispatched to the supermarket at 501 S. Walnut Street at 6:15 p.m. When they got there, officers found a 32-year-old female inside the ShopRite suffering from several wounds to her thigh, ankle, and elbow.

The victim told police when she got into the passenger side of her car, a male suspect, armed with a knife, opened the driver’s side door and tried to steal her car. As the woman tried to escape, the suspect stabbed her with the knife. She managed to escape, but said the suspect chased after her.

A 67-year-old Good Samaritan heard the victim screaming and said when he tried to help, the suspect taunted him with the knife and threatened to kill him. The witness sustained a small laceration to his finger and ran back to his own car. Police said the suspect followed the Good Samaritan and tried to carjack his car too, but was unsuccessful.

The suspect fled the scene, but officers caught up with him on S. Market Street, just north of the ShopRite. The 37-year-old suspect was arrested without incident.

A knife was located and recovered from a storm drain located in the 500 block of S. Market Street.

New Castle County paramedics treated the female victim on the scene and took her to Christiana Hospital, where she is currently listed in stable condition.

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