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Man assaulted in Belltown after answering Craigslist post

October 1, 2017

A man was assaulted in Belltown Oct. 1 after meeting a man who had posted an item for sale on Craigslist, police say.

The incident happened at 2:11 a.m. on Stingey Lane, a dead-end road off Route 9 in Belltown. The man, 32, told police that he traveled from Dover to Lewes to buy an electronic device that was posted on Craigslist, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

As the victim and the seller spoke at the north end of Stingey Lane, Fournier said, three men approached the victim’s car and punched him in the face through the car window. The three men then pulled the victim from his car and continued to assault him while removing the victim’s jewelry and cellphone, Fournier said.

The three men fled in an unknown direction and the Craigslist seller drove away from the scene, Fournier said. 

The victim then drove himself to Beebe Healthcare for treatment.

The three suspects are only described as one white male and two black males. 

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to contact Trooper J. Berry at 302-644-5020. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

The Delaware State Police would like to offer a few safety tips for citizens to keep in mind when conducting such transactions:

  • Citizens who want to meet a buyer or seller should do so during daylight hours.
  • Do not go to a transaction alone. Make sure a friend or family member is aware of the transaction details.
  • Insist on meeting in a public area where cameras are located. You can always conduct transactions in troop or police department parking lots.
  • Do not go into someone else's home, and do not allow them into yours.
  • If someone is not willing to meet you in a public area, during daylight areas, it is probably not a legitimate transaction.
  • Trust your instincts.

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