Newark Police arrest suspect in attempted abductions

Joseph Rudge is wanted in connection with a pair of attempted abductions in Newark. Newark PD say he is the man seen in the surveillance video from Main Towers apartments. (photos courtesy Newark PD)

Joseph Rudge is wanted in connection with a pair of attempted abductions in Newark. Newark PD say he is the man seen in the surveillance video from Main Towers apartments. (photos courtesy Newark PD)

Newark Police arrest a man accused of trying to abduct two women over the July 4th weekend.

 

Joseph Rudge was arrested in Wilmington after a number of tips from the public about his whereabouts. The 35-year-old Newark man was identified as the suspect in a pair of attempted abductions last weekend. Police say he tried to abduct a 28-year-old University of Delaware student and a 61-year-old woman in separate attacks in Newark. Both women were able to fight off the attack and get away.

Following up on tips, the Newark SWAT team served a search warrant on a home in the 1200-block of North Claymont Street in Wilmington. They took Rudge into custody without incident. He’s being held at Wilmington’s Young prison on $48,700 secured bond. 

He’s facing charges including attempted kidnapping, attempted carjacking, attempted theft and failure to re-register as a sex offender.

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