On Thursday, two women ages 32 and 24, were allegedly gang-raped by 10-12 black juveniles at Kosciuszko Park in Wilmington, Deleware.
The attack reportedly happened at 6:54 PM when the women were sitting on a bench. The boys, who range in age from 12 to 17-years-old, allegedly assaulted the women and then fled. One woman called 911 and both were taken to Christiana Hospital. From MyFoxPhilly:
“Initial investigation suggested the victims were in Kosciuszko Park when they were approached by a group of juveniles. The juveniles assaulted the victims and fled in an unknown direction,” police said in a news release.
Both women were released on Friday, but the police do not have much evidence to go on. There were no witnesses to the assault, even though the park is surrounded by homes and is three-blocks long.
Neighbors sitting on a front porch in the 500 block of Franklin St. said they didn’t hear any noises coming from the park about 7 p.m. Thursday.
One of the women, who would not provide her name, said she saw a group of teens standing on the corner of Sycamore and Franklin streets at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday and said that they were responsible for stealing her son’s cellphone.
Residents told FOX’s Leigh Scheps the park is not a safe place, especially for young women, with one resident describing it as “a nightmare, especially at night.”
Police added more patrols to the park to make women feel safer after the attack but do not have any suspects. They are also asking the perpetrators to turn themselves in.
“Take accountability, step up, turn yourselves in so that way we could move forward,” said Cpl. Jamaine Crawford, of Wilmington Police.
People are asked to contact the Wilmington Police with any information. Please call Detective Joseph Cooper at 302-576-3634, the Wilmington Police Confidential Tip Line at 302-576-3990, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or send tips online at www.tipsubmit.com.