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Newark Police identify suspect in indecent exposure incidents

Update: On March 2, Newark Police reported that Donald W. Maxwell Jr. was located and arrested in Georgetown, Delaware, by the Delaware State Police. He was arraigned and given $4,600 unsecured bond as well as a no contact order with the city of Newark and released on his signature.

The Newark Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man suspected of two separate lewd acts early Wednesday, March 1.

At approximately 12:01 a.m., a 20-year-old female University of Delaware student was walking on Haines Street, north of Continental Avenue, when she observed a completely naked man standing near the sidewalk committing a lewd act. She ran from the area and was not followed by the suspect. A short time later, she contacted Newark Police and reported the incident. 

Officers responded to a second incident outside of a residence in the 100 block of Haines Street at approximately 12:27 a.m. Two 21-year-old female UD students reported observing a man wearing only a sweatshirt covering his face, exposing his genitals and committing a lewd act. They said they walked away from the area and then contacted the police. Officers later contacted a 21-year-old female UD student, who is a resident of the house where the suspect was observed, and she said she was unaware the suspect had been on her property.

Officers reviewed surveillance cameras in the area and identified the suspect and his vehicle, a 2011 silver Dodge Charger with distinctive markings on the sides. Officers were able to obtain the vehicle’s registration plate and determined that the vehicle is registered to Donald W. Maxwell Jr., 62, of Millsboro, Delaware. Based on the surveillance footage and the descriptions provided by the victims, an arrest warrant was obtained for Maxwell, and law enforcement officers are actively attempting to locate him.

Charges are pending for three counts of lewdness, three counts of second degree indecent exposure and one count of third degree criminal trespass.

Anyone with information regarding Maxwell’s whereabouts should contact the Newark Police Department at 302-366-7111. Anyone with additional information about this incident should contact Officer Carter McKennon at 302-366-7100 ext. 3491 or Carter.Mckennon@cj.state.de.us. Anonymous tips can be texted to 302NPD with the message to TIP411. Information also can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1‐800‐TIP‐3333 or www.tipsubmit.com, where a reward may be available.


For members of the UD community who experience sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence or stalking, the University’s Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.) program provides crisis support and victim advocacy and is available 24/7 by calling 302- 831-1001 and pressing one or online at www.udel.edu/sos. Learn more about survivor options and resources at www.udel.edu/sexualmisconduct.

Members of the UD community may download a free smartphone app, LiveSafe, that lets users submit tips to police, receive important broadcast notifications and contact the University of Delaware Police Department directly. To learn more, visit this UD Police website

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