Man charged with raping 78-year-old woman at Rehoboth Beach home

 David Elder faces rape charges. (Delaware State Police photo)

David Elder faces rape charges. (Delaware State Police photo)

Delaware State Police say they’ve charged a 43-year-old Lewes man with raping a 78-year-old woman he knew at her Rehoboth Beach home.

Police say David Elder, a registered sex offender, was wearing a mask when he used a key to enter the woman’s home around 12:45 a.m. Monday and made advances and had physical contact with her.


Police say the woman recognized the electric bicycle Elder used to flee and called his wife. While the women were on the phone, police say Elder returned home and his wife called 911.

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Police say Elder had the mask when he was arrested. He is charged with rape, burglary and wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony and is being held on $226,000 bond.

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