NEWARK, Del. (WTXF) - Police in Delaware are investigating a third attempted kidnapping and robbery in recent weeks.
As darkness settled in at the Preserve at Beacon Walk Tuesday night, Christine Rivera was out walking her dogs Fiona and Tessa. She lives just one apartment complex over from Monday night's attempted kidnapping incident in Newark.
"It's scary because he has to be fairly skilled at what he's doing," Rivera told FOX 29. "this isn't impulsive. this is planned."
These are scary times in this community. Police say an armed robber is on the loose. According to investigators, the suspect is targeting women and in two cases he kidnapped and sexually assaulted them.
The latest incident occurred Monday night at about 6:30 off Sheldon Drive. Police say a woman out walking her dog was approached by a man dressed in black. He showed her a gun and stated he was going to rob her, according to police. Investigators say he escorted the victim to her apartment, but when a man inside came to the door, the suspect ran off.
"The randomness of the cases. It could very well be one of our family members--your family members that are the next victim," Lt. Col. Vaughn Bond told reporters at a mid-day new conference.
Monday night's frightening confrontation comes just weeks after kidnappings at the Top of the Hill Apartments in Holly Oak on February 13 and another on February 19 at the Arundel Apartments in Pike Creek. Those victims were kidnapped, sexually assaulted and taken to ATMs where they were forced to remove money, according to police.
The latest victim was not assaulted or injured. Patrols have been increased in the area. There is a $20,000 reward in this case. Police have not released ATM surveillance video of the suspect because the shot is blocked by a terrified victim. They are attempting to enhance that video. Police say the man has a distinct accent, which they haven't been able to identify.
Anyone with information is asked to call (302) 573-2800.