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Police: Man Arrested in Two Assault Incidents Near Seaford Wal-Mart

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Jerome Q. Roach (Photo: Delaware State Police) Jerome Q. Roach (Photo: Delaware State Police)
SEAFORD, Del.- Authorities say a 35-year-old man was arrested Sunday for two assault incidents that occurred near the Wal-Mart in Seaford.

Seaford police said that at around 5:15 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a strong-armed robbery in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Sussex Highway.  Police said a 54-year-old Seaford woman claimed she was approached by the suspect, later identified as Jerome Q. Roach of Seaford, who demanded money. Investigators said that when the woman refused to give him money, Roach assaulted her and injured her face. She was taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released, according to police.

Less than two hours after that incident, Delaware State Police said Roach  assaulted an elderly woman at her house directly behind Wal-Mart.

Troopers said that shortly before 7 p.m. troopers, along with Seaford police officers, were dispatched to a home on Tharp Road for an assault. Police said when they arrived, an 81-year-old woman was immediately taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for severe injuries to her head and face. She was later transferred and admitted to Christiana Medical Center and was listed in stable condition as of Monday, according to police.

Upon interviewing the woman at the hospital, troopers said they learned that a black male, later identified as Roach, approached her near the side of her home and said he would walk to the road with her to see if her cat was dead in the road. As the two were walking, police said Roach began attacking her and punching her in the face. Once she fell to the ground, police said Roach took off running. 

Roach's description was broadcast across the radio to all police agencies and within a half hour, Seaford police caught up with him as he was walking along Middleford Road, authorities said.

Roach was taken into custody by the Seaford Police Department where investigators said it was determined he was the same suspect in both incidents.

Delaware State Police charged Roach with first-degree assault intentionally causes serious physical injury to a person 62 years or older. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $35,000 cash only bond.

Seaford police charged Roach with attempted first degree strong armed robbery, second degree assault, third degree criminal trespassing, and criminal mischief. He's being held on those charges on $47,000 cash bond pending a hearing at a later date.
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