November 10, 2016
An ugly story out of Delaware made the social media rounds on Wednesday after an African-American woman claimed “four males, all of whom were Caucasian” harassed and threatened her with racial slurs and violence outside a gas station.
At the center of the case is a Facebook post from Ashley Boyer of Rehoboth Beach, Del., which didn't indicate a specific location for the said incident.
Per Boyer's post, the men “proceeded to talk about the election and how they’re glad they won’t have to deal with n-----s much longer.”
“We haven’t heard from the victim, any witnesses or a store owner." – Corporal Brian Donner, Smyrna (Del.) police
She wrote that one of them approached her and said “how scared are u, u black b----??? I should kill you right now. You’re a waste of air.”
Another man then brandished a weapon and said, “You’re lucky there’s witnesses or else I’d shoot you right here.”
That post has since been deleted. In its place: a Thursday morning update noting that “charges were filed, fugitives were caught. Yes I (know) names and no I will not release them.”
Police in Smyrna – where the incident is alleged to have occur – told PhillyVoice on Thursday that no such reports have been filed, and they haven’t heard from the alleged victim or anyone with information about a confrontation that occurred Wednesday.
Spokespersons for the Delaware State Police (which oversees Kent County), New Castle County police, Dover police and Smyrna police all said they had no such reports, either.
Corporal Brian Donner, who’d been in touch with representatives of various agencies when the post started making the social media rounds, said there are no records of calls to 911 and the non-emergency line in his jurisdiction.
“There is no record of this beyond what we’ve seen on social media and while there are several ways to file reports with us, social media isn’t one of them for obvious reasons,” he said. “We haven’t heard from the victim, any witnesses or a store owner. We would love for any witnesses to call us, but have gotten no phone calls. There is no record of this occurring in Smyrna, if at all.”
That sentiment was echoed in a Facebook post from the Smyrna Department posted just before 10 a.m. Thursday.
**Social Media Report of Gas Station Incident**
We are aware of the circulating post involving a woman who was allegedly harassed/menaced at a gas station. We can tell you that this incident, if it occurred in Smyrna Delaware, has not been reported to our agency. We understand that this person has stated via social media that she has filed charges against the perpetrators. We again want to stress that we, the Smyrna Police Department have no record of this incident. We ask that all questions/comments/concerns be addressed to the social media user who made this post, and/or the police agency she reported this incident to.
Attempts to reach Boyer via Facebook was unsuccessful on Thursday, and a phone number found via Google search wasn't working.
If you have information about the case, Smyrna police ask you to call (302) 653-9217.