Police: Seaford man assaulted two women

SEAFORD – A 35-year-old Seaford man sought by state troopers and Seaford city police was arrested Sunday after he allegedly assaulted an elderly woman a short time after committing another violent crime in the parking lot of the Seaford Walmart.

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This man, Jerome Q. Roach, was arrested for allegedly assaulting two women in separate incidents in the Seaford area March 29.


Jerome Roach, apprehended by Seaford police, was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of cash bond.

Authorities allege he assaulted an 81-year-old woman in the 9000 block of Tharp Road and also assaulted a 54-year-old Seaford woman in an attempted strong armed robbery in the Walmart parking lot.

According to state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier, Mr. Roach approached the 81-year-old woman near the side of her residence and was willing to walk to the road with her to see if her cat was deceased in the road.

As the two were walking along the side of her house, Mr. Roach attacked her and punched her in the face.  When she fell to the ground, the suspect fled without taking anything from the woman, who was initially taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and then transferred and admitted to Christiana Medical Center in stable condition, Cpl. Fournier said.

This incident occurred about 6:50 p.m., March 29.

Earlier, Seaford police at 5:18 p.m. responded to Wal-Mart parking lot in reference to a strong armed robbery attempt.

The 54-year-old woman told police the defendant approached her, demanded money and then assaulted her, according to Seaford Police Department spokesman Capt. Gary Flood.

The woman was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.

Seaford officers on patrol in the area of Middleford Road spotted a subject matching the defendant’s description provided by the victim, and he was taken into custody.

According to Capt. Flood, during an interview the defendant admitted to his involvement in the robbery attempt and another crime in the area which was being handled by Delaware State Police.

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