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Kidnapping and Rape Suspect Arrested in Pennsylvania

Incident Number: 50-22-27259

Date/Time:  Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 2:24 a.m.

Location: Vacant business in the area of 730 West Division Street, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us

Narrative: The Dover Police Department has arrested Mark Coleman, a 33-year-old Maryland man, for kidnapping and rape after an incident that occurred September 3rd, 2022. At 2:24 a.m. on September 3rd, the Delaware State Police took the report of a rape involving a 14-year-old female of Dover. After speaking with the victim, it was determined that the incident occurred within the City of Dover and the investigation was turned over to Dover Police Department detectives. Detectives learned that Coleman is known to the victim and picked her up from a residence outside of the City. Coleman then drove her to a vacant business in the area of 730 West Division Street Dover, DE. While at the business, Coleman began to physically assault the victim and prevented her from exiting the vehicle. After Coleman physically assaulted the victim, he began to sexually assault her. The victim was able to escape the vehicle by kicking and fighting with Coleman and eventually call 911 from a passerby’s cell phone. Coleman then fled the area in an unknown direction. The victim was taken to Bayhealth Kent Campus and treated for injuries sustained during this assault.

Shortly after this incident, Detectives obtained warrants for Coleman, however were unable to locate him at that time.

On 09/08/2022 Coleman was taken into custody by the Middletown Township Police Department in Pennsylvania after being contacted on an unrelated complaint. 

Coleman is currently being held in Bucks County Detention Center awaiting extradition back to Delaware on the following charges:
-Kidnapping Second Degree
-Rape Second Degree
-Assault Second Degree
-Theft Under $1500 (2x)
-Terroristic Threatening
-Unlawful Sexual Contact Second Degree

The relationship between Coleman and the victim is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

A photo of Coleman is unavailable at this time.

If you wish to provide information on this case or other criminal activity, please contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Dover Police Victim Services Unit is available to provide help and guidance.  You can contact the Victim Services Unit at 302-736-7134 or by email at: Diane.Glenn@cj.state.de.us

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