Dover man charged with attempted murder

DOVER _— A 47-year-old Dover man was charged with first-degree attempted murder in connection with an alleged sexual assault incident that took place in north Wilmington, Delaware State Police said.

Through investigation, Frank D. Bowden was developed as a suspect, police said.

DSP spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the alleged incident occurred on Sept. 15 when a woman and her female friend, were seeking transportation from Dover to their respective residences.

At approximately 10 a.m., while still in Dover, they were offered and accepted a ride from an unknown black male who was operating a black, unknown make and model 4 door vehicle.

After driving north from Dover, the Wilmington woman was dropped off near Wilmington as planned.

Frank D. Bowden

Police said the woman remained in the vehicle in anticipation of being driven to her home as agreed upon. Instead of continuing on to her home, the male suspect pulled in to the Merchant Square Shopping Center in the 4000 block of Governor Printz Boulevard in Wilmington, at which time he demanded sex from the female, which she refused, police said.

The suspect then drove to a secluded area, where he parked and forcibly took the woman’s two cell phones from her possession.

The suspect then forcibly removed the woman from the vehicle and proceeded to sexually assault her.

The suspect proceeded to tell the victim that he was going to kill her, at which time he dragged the woman by her neck and proceeded to submerge her into a body of water that was nearby, police said.

After the suspect had left the area in his vehicle the woman flagged down a passing motorist who allowed her to use a phone to call 911, police said.

The woman was transported to an area hospital where she was treated for serious injuries.

Mr. Bowden turned himself in to police Friday and was also charged with first-degree rape, second-degree robbery and terroristic threatening.

Mr. Bowden was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $205,500 cash only bond.


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