Police: Two sought in rape at Kosciuszko Park

By Tom Lehman 10:19pm, September 3, 2013 - Updated 11:51pm, September 3, 2013
Wilm. police spokesman Cpl. Jamaine Crawford and City Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey-Walker discuss the rape of two women at
Wilmington police revealed new information about the rape of two women in a city park last week while community members gathered Tuesday afternoon to discuss ways to discourage crime.

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Police initially reported 10 to 12 juveniles were involved in the sexual assault at Kosciuszko Park, but Cpl. Jamaine Crawford, a department spokesman, said only two are currently being sought.

"From the investigations and what we now know, there were two suspects that engaged in the assault," said Cpl. Jamaine Crawford.

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Crawford said other juveniles may have been in the area.

Investigators believe the crime was an isolated incident and the suspects went into the Hedgeville park with the intention of sexually assaulting the victims.

"We have two people that targeted the victims," Crawford said. "So they knew that the victims were gonna' be in the park and they targeted them and that's where the assault occurred."

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City residents, lawmakers discuss crime

City Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker, who called for the meeting at Parkway Academy, said many local residents remain concerned over news of the sexual assault at Kosciuszko Park last week.

Around 50 people, including area residents and city, county and state lawmakers who represent Wilmington attended the meeting.

"When you have young people going into a park and rape two women who are sitting on a park bench--that's a problem. That's a huge problem," Dorsey Walker said.

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She said she'll be among a group that plans to sit in the park Saturday night in an attempt to take it back from illegal drug users.

"The parks belong to the children and the families and the families need to be able to use the parks freely," she said.

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