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Newark Police: Wanted man punched woman, attempted to break into multiple houses

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A wanted man accused of punching a woman in the face ran through several Newark backyards and attempted to break into multiple houses before police found him hiding in some bushes outside West Park Place Elementary School, authorities said.

The incident began just after 3:30 p.m. Monday, when David Rizzo, 46, of Bear, allegedly punched a woman in a parking lot in the 200 block of South Main Street, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

Rizzo and the victim are acquaintances, and there is a court order prohibiting him from having contact with her, Rubin added.

Rizzo ran away before police arrived, and as officers were interviewing the victim, Newark’s 911 center started receiving calls about Rizzo running through backyards on Murray Road. He attempted to break into at least two houses but was thwarted by locked doors, Rubin said.

Police searched the area and arrested Rizzo outside West Park Place Elementary, where he was trying to hide in a bush.

Rizzo was wanted on warrants from New Castle County, Middletown and Wilmington police, as well as on capiases from multiple courts, according to Rubin.

He was charged with offensive touching, attempted burglary and breach of release and jailed after failing to post $11,100 secured bail.

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