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Newark Police arrest two men in attempted kidnapping

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Suspects charged with attempting to remove UD student from her off-campus apartment

Newark Police have announced the arrest of two men with attempting to remove a University of Delaware female student from her Newark apartment during the late evening of Saturday, Nov. 20.

Police responded to the 400 block of Hamlet Way at about 11:22 p.m., Nov. 20, in response to a report of an altercation at the residence and spoke to the woman who said that two men had attempted to remove her from her apartment.

Renate Villate Umpierre
Renate Villate Umpierre

According to the police, the victim earlier met one of the men, later identified at Rene Villate Umpierre, and allowed him to come into her residence. A second man, later identified at Keniel Rivera Peraza, remained in a vehicle outside. While inside, Umpierre became aggressive and physical with the victim, choking her and attempting to remove her from her bedroom. She fought back and was able to secure herself in a room and call 911. The victim heard Umpierre talking on the phone to Peraza as if they were planning to remove her from the residence.

Arriving officers located the two men leaving the apartment complex and took them into custody without incident. Peraza was found to have crack cocaine in his possession. A knife was found to have been placed near the apartment door by one of the suspects.

Keniel Rivera Peraza
Keniel Rivera Peraza

Both suspects were transported to Newark Police headquarters. Umpierre, 20, of Philadelphia, was charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, attempted kidnapping second degree, strangulation, second degree conspiracy and offensive touching. Peraza, 24, of Elkton, Maryland, was charged with attempted kidnapping second degree, possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 1 quantity and second degree conspiracy.

The suspects appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video. Umpierre was ordered to be held in default of $60,000 cash bail and was turned over to the custody of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington, Delaware. Peraza was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

The woman is being provided victim's services through the Newark Police Department.


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