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Pa. man charged in Wilmington kidnap attempt

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Jose Gonzales-Rojas, 21, of Kennett Square, Pa.
Jose Gonzales-Rojas, 21, of Kennett Square, Pa. Delaware State Police

Police have arrested a Chester County man for allegedly attempting to kidnap a 20-year-old woman last month in Wilmington, Del.

Delaware State Police said the incident happened around 8 p.m. Aug. 8, as the woman was sitting inside her car in a small gravel parking lot of the Woodlawn Trustees parkland on Beaver Valley Road.

A man approached and asked if he could use the woman’s cell phone charger, according to investigators.

When the woman told the man she didn’t have a charger, he allegedly took out a box-cutter knife and physically removed her from her vehicle.

Police said he dragged the woman toward a wooded area while holding the box cutter to her throat.

The woman was able to break free, prompting the suspect to run to his car, according to investigators.

As he sped from the parking lot, the victim was able to obtain his vehicle’s registration number, which she provided to detectives, police said.

The woman suffered minor injuries but did not seek medical treatment, police said.

After completing an investigation and conducting interviews, detectives identified the suspect as 21-year-old Jose Gonzales-Rojas, of Kennett Square, Pa.

He was arrested Tuesday at a job site on Davidson Lane in New Castle, Del., investigators said.

Gonzales-Rojas was arraigned on charges of attempted kidnapping and possessing a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. He remains jailed at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $60,000 cash bail.


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