Delaware woman fights off attacker

February 20, 2012 7:04:36 PM PST
Police in Elsmere, Delaware are looking for the man who tried to force a young woman into his pickup truck.

The victim, named Erica, spoke with Action News to raise awareness.

"She was doing something people do every day, she was going to take out her trash," New Castle County Police Cpl. John Weglarz said.

An everyday routine Saturday night became a terrifying experience for the young mother of three.

"I was scared, very scared," Erica said.

The attack happened around 9:36 p.m. as the 23-year-old was taking her trash to a dumpster outside Building 71 of the Mill Creek Village apartment complex.

Erica says she heard the sound of a vehicle approaching with its lights off as she tossed the trash into the dumpster.

The suspect grabbed her as soon as she turned around.

"He was already out of the truck when I turned around. He had grabbed me by my right arm, and then started shoving, trying to pick my legs up and put them in the truck," Erica said.

She did what police always advise in this type of assault.

"I just screamed to the top of my lungs and just kept screaming and screaming," Erica said.

Erica feared the worst.

"All I kept thinking is I'm never going to see my kids again, this is it," she said.

She managed to break free and ran back to her apartment.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5'5 tall, 130 to 140 pounds, with no facial hair and wearing a dark hat (backwards), dark sweatshirt and light stonewash blue jeans.

The suspect vehicle is described as an older model white pick-up truck with a loud exhaust and an unknown Pennsylvania registration.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Castle County Police Department at 302-395-8110 (attention Detective T. Orzechowski).