Early this morning, Delaware State Police detectives arrested Alfred D. Hubbard, 40, of the unit block of Blue Ridge Drive, Barret Run, in Newark for two sexual assault cases that occurred in early June in the Stanton area.
Delaware State Police arrested a Newark man Tuesday morning after investigators identified him through a DNA match as the suspect in two Stanton area abductions and rapes.
Early this morning, detectives from a surveillance team arrested 40-year-old Alfred Hubbard of the unit block of Blue Ridge Drive without incident as he tried to leave his home, state police Superintendent Col. Robert M. Coupe said at a press conference held at the Troop 2 barracks.
Several weeks ago, state police began investigating two sexual assaults within three days of each other, Coupe said.
The first incident occurred on June 2, when a woman sitting in her car on the 1000 block of Twin C Lane in Newark. The suspect approached the victim and brandished a handgun. Hubbard allegedly carjacked the victim and forced her to drive to various locations, where subsequent rapes occurred, Coupe said. He then instructed her to go back to the initial scene of the abduction where he got out of the car and fled the scene.
The second attack occurred on June 5 where the same suspect abducted a woman from the parking lot of 300 Continental Drive off Churchmans Road. Once again, he carjacked the victim and sexually assaulted her before eventually returning her to the same spot he abducted her from, Coupe said.
“Detectives diligently conducted their investigation in the days and weeks that followed,” he said. “Composite sketches were distributed and hundreds of tips were forwarded to investigators from Crime Stoppers.”
In both cases, the suspect was described as a white male about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, approximately 160 pounds, with an average build, in his late 30s to early 40s, brown hair collar length and a brown mustache.
The biggest break in this case occurred Monday when DNA collected during the investigation was processed using CDIS (Combined DNA Indexing System), Coupe said. When the process was complete, the DNA proved to be a match with Hubbard based on DNA samples previously indexed in Maryland and Virginia.
“Detectives worked hard to find Hubbard, who previously lived in Dover, Smyrna and Clayton, Del.,” Coupe said. “An arrest warrant was subsequently obtained [Monday] night and detectives set up surveillance at Hubbard’s house.”
After Hubbard was arrested, he was transported to Troop 2 in Glasgow, Coupe said. He will be charged with five counts of rape, seven counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of kidnapping, attempted robbery, robbery, unlawful sexual contact and terroristic threatening.
“The success in this investigation is shared among agencies both public and private, detectives, patrol officers and citizens alike,” Coupe said.
He thanked the Christiana Care Health System SANE Nurses, DNA technicians from the State of Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiners, the CODIS administrator from Virginia, as well as the multiple Troopers who investigated this case.
Coupe said he could not confirm nor deny whether Hubbard has a criminal history in Delaware, although he did confirm that Hubbard “has had police contact in Delaware.” However, Hubbard was not on the registered offenders list in Delaware.
Coupe also said he was not in a position to discuss why Hubbard had a record in Maryland and Virginia.
Some had criticized state police for not acting fast enough to catch the suspect after the first victim reported her ordeal, as detailed in the Wilmington daily newspaper. When asked what he thought about the timeline of the investigation, Coupe said detectives working on the initial investigation after the initial report on June 2 diligently worked on the case.
“When the second case came in on June 5, that same diligence continued,” he said. “They have been working around the clock, following up every tip and lead, which has led us to the successful apprehension of Mr. Hubbard today.”
Coupe said he could not speculate on whether there might be more victims of Hubbard’s out there, although it’s a possibility. State police are investigating other rape cases, but they are not “stranger rape cases," as is the case with Hubbard.
Police wanted to get the information on Hubbard’s arrest out sooner rather than later to ease people’s fears, Senior Cpl. Jeffrey Whitmarsh said.
A news release will be forthcoming to outline Hubbard’s bail.