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The primary objectives of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department are to preserve life and property, enforce all federal, state, and local laws in an impartial manner, and maintain a safe and peaceful environment for the residents and guests of the city.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is dubbed the "Nation's Summer Capital" due to the large influx of tourists from the Washington, DC area.   The Rehoboth Beach Police Department currently employs 17 full-time police officers and 9 full-time dispatchers. We also employ seasonal police officers to augment our full-time staff during the busy tourist season.

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On Friday (08/19/16) evening around 9:00pm, officers from the Rehoboth Beach Police Department responded to area of the Grenoble Place parking lot, which is located on the south side of the Henlopen Hotel, for a report of a robbery. 

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a 51 year old female victim who was standing at her vehicle.  The victim informed officers that as she was driving south on Lakeview Street and was stopped by a male who yelled at her for driving too close to him as he was crossing the street.  Scared by the encounter, the victim drove to a nearby parking lot, where she parked her vehicle.  When she exited the vehicle, she was approached by the suspect and two other males.

The victim attempted to photograph the suspect and call the police at which time he assaulted the victim and knocked her phone out of her hand.  The victim was able to flee to the Boardwalk and contact the police.  A search of the area was later conducted and neither the suspect nor the victim’s phone could be located.  As a result of the assault, the victim sustained a minor laceration to her lip.

The suspect is described as a heavy set white male with short brown hair weighing approximately 250 to 270 pounds.  The suspect was wearing shorts and a green shirt at the time of the incident and was accompanied by two other males.

At this time, this incident is being investigated as an assault. 

Anyone with information about this incident or the identity the suspect is asked to call Rehoboth Beach Police at (302) 227-2577 or message the Rehoboth Beach Police Department via our Facebook page at

Presented by PIO Lt. Jaime B. Riddle.

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