Georgetown walker assaulted after hand gesture

September 8, 2021

Delaware State Police are searching for several suspects after a Georgetown man was assaulted while walking along Old Furnace Road Sept. 6.

The man, 24, was walking westbound on Old Furnace Road west of Rum Bridge Road at 5:30 a.m. when a car passed him at close range, and the man made a hand gesture at the car in return, said Master Cpl. Heather Pepper of the Delaware State Police.

The dark-colored sedan, possibly a Kia Soul, turned around, and three or four people got out of the car to assault the man, Pepper said. The man tried to take out a pocket knife to defend himself, she said, but one of the other men took the knife and cut him with it. The men then got back into the car and fled in an unknown direction.

The man contacted an acquaintance and was taken to a nearby hospital by private vehicle for medical treatment. He was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries, Pepper said.

The male driver of the vehicle is described as black, with a thin build, about 6-feet tall, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt. A second man is described as white, with an average build, about 5-feet-8-inches tall, wearing a white T-shirt and shorts.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Detective Paul H. Taylor with the Delaware State Police Troop 4 Criminal Investigative Unit at 302-752-3795 or, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or

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