Woman found in river claims abduction

June 9, 2009 1:37:47 PM PDT
Police say they are investigating a possible abduction after a woman was found in the Brandywine River.That woman, who was injured during the ordeal, told police she was abducted from the Superfresh market parking lot on Route 9 in New Castle around 7:30 p.m. Sunday by two men, one of whom was armed with a gun.

According to her report, she told the gunman that her boyfriend's car was out of gas, and the gunman allowed her to walk to a gas station and bring some back. After the car was fueled, she says the gunman forced her at gunpoint to drive to numerous ATM machines in New Castle County and New Jersey.

The victim goes on to tell police the suspects then took her to a home in Wilmington, and the man with the gun sexually assaulted her. She says she spent the night and part of Monday there until the armed man forced her to drive to Brandywine Park and park the car.

The two began walking, but she said she was able to break free and jump off a swinging bridge. A fisherman spotted her in the river, helped pull her out, and call police.

The woman was treated and released from the Wilmington Hospital for superficial scrapes on her forearms.

She was then transported to the Christiana Hospital and evaluated for the sexual assault.

The armed suspect is described as a black male 35-39 years old, wearing all black clothing and having a full beard. According to the victim, the other suspect who was involved in the incident committed no crimes. He was described as a black male clean shaven with short hair and wore sunglasses.

Anyone with information regarding this crime, please contact detective John Ciritella at 302-576-3629. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be forwarded to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on line at www.tipsubmit.com.

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