By Ileana Diaz, Matt Rivers
WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Neighbors near Kosciuszko Park in Wilmington expressed anger and outrage Friday, after learning the details of a brutal gang-rape that happened in the park Thursday.
Police say two women, ages 32 and 24, were reportedly attacked and sexually assaulted by a group of 10 to 12 black male juveniles in Kosciuszko Park at about 6:54 p.m. Thursday. According to police, the suspects, who range in age from 12 to 17-years-old, remain on the loose.
The victims were transported to Christiana Hospital for treatment.
Wilmington police increased patrols Friday in the park which is located in the 600 block of South Franklin Street in the Hedgeville Community.
The women were released from the hospital Friday, but as of Friday night, police had no suspects and no witnesses.
“The new criminal we’re seeing, they’re bold, they’re brazen, and they have a total disregard for life,” said Maria Cabrera, city councilwoman-at-large in Wilmington.
Neighbors who live near the park gathered with reporters, politicians, and police for a small rally Friday against crime and in show of support of the victims.
“This is a good neighborhood, and I lived around here for a year,” said Baseer Powell, who had come to walk through the park. “I’m surprised this happened, but its on these kids’ parents to raise them right.”
His wife Sharee said in light of today’s events, there will be no more family visits to the park.
“Who told you that it was ok to mistreat women to this magnitude? And what do you need from society so that you can make better choices,” said Wilmington Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey-Walker, whose district includes the park. “There’s no easing someone’s mind when you have young people committing these types of crimes.”
The incident remains under investigation by the Wilmington Police Department.
Anyone with information is urged to call:
Detective Joseph Cooper @ 302.576.3634
Wilmington Police Confidential Tip Line @ 302.576.3990
Crime Stoppers @ 1-800.TIP.3333 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.