Police: Man arrested for rapes in Claymont, Del.

August 9, 2010 8:46:20 PM PDT
A registered sex offender wanted for a pair of high-profile rapes in Claymont, Delaware has been arrested, police say. They add the suspect is also responsible for the rape of an 8-year-old girl.

Richard Hunt was arrested around 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

Police were called with a tip that Hunt was sitting in a car at the intersection of Reed and S. Jackson streets.

When the officers arrived and approached the car, Hunt sped off. The officers kept the vehicle in sight and watched it collide with a parked vehicle in the 600 block of N. Madison Street.

Hunt got out of the car, police said, and fled on foot where he was captured without incident in the rear yards of the 600 Blk. of W. 7th Street.

The suspect is a registered sex offender in the state of Delaware, police said. Furthermore, the vehicle Hunt was operating was reported stolen in a burglary in Wilmington on August 4, 2010.

Hunt is being held in prison for lack of $600,000 bail.

Authorities said Hunt is charged with raping the 8-year-old Wilmington girl on three separate occasions this summer. Police had previously said the girl was known to Hunt.

As for the attacks on the women in Claylmont, the latest sexual assault happened about 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd in along the 800 block of Peach Tree Road.

Police say the suspect, now believed to be Hunt, entered through an unlocked door, attacked the woman in her bedroom at knifepoint then bound and assaulted her.

Only Action News there as New Castle County detectives searched the creek along the Greentree Apartments. They pulled out a shirt and other potential evidence. A K-9 unit canvassed the creek bed as a chopper hovered above.

The previous attack happened on Thursday, July 29th inside the old Darley Road Elementary School, in the 500 block of Darley Road. Police say Hunt forced a 36-year-old woman into a bathroom where she was raped.

Police say the attacker had been inside the building earlier in the day, asking questions about daycare service.

The school is being converted into a Boys and Girls Club.

Police say Hunt may also be charged for the sexual assault of a woman in Chichester, Pa. on July 29th.


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