New Castle County Police are searching a man who abducted and sexually assaulted 4 year old girl Thursday night.
This morning, officers returned to the area where the girl was found on Thursday night around 8:45. She had been abducted from the 4800 block of Sugar Plum Court around 7 p.m. Thursday. The girl was taken to A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children for treatment where it was discovered that she had been sexually assaulted.
“Monster is the only word that I can think of,” said NCCo Police Chief Lt. Col. Vaughn Bond in describing the attacker. “No one has a right to violate anyone, but you reached an all new low now when you want to take advantage of a 4 year old child.”
Detectives spent Friday canvassing the area where the girl was found and searching for surveillance video that might have captured the suspect or his vehicle. Police say he was driving a dark sedan with tinted windows.
“We’re going to do everything in our power, we’re going to take any assistance that we can get to identify this person, this monster,” Bond said. “Nothing would do me greater than to have him in handcuffs and led away.”
New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer warned parents to keep an eye on their children while they’re playing outside. “I want you to be vigilant,” Meyer said. “Make sure an adult is supervising, has eyes on those kids.” He urged neighbors to keep an eye on all children in a community. “This is an opportunity for us as adults to take care of each other and take care of the children in our neighborhoods.”
He also encouraged parents to talk to their children to immediately tell an adult if a stranger approaches them.
“The number one weapon we have against monsters like this is you…We need your help on this one, and I think we can catch this guy together.”
Anyone with information about this incident should call New Castle County Police at 302-573-2800 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Tips can also be submitted online at www.nccpd.com.