*Update-Suspects Arrested*-Troopers Investigating Street Robbery – Selbyville

Selbyville – The Delaware State Police have arrested 22-year-old Ryan T. Crowson and 22-year-old Tanner C. McElwee, both of Millville, DE in connection with a robbery that left a 25-year-old man hospitalized.

The incident occurred on April 24, 2020 at approximately 10:16 p.m., when a male victim and a female acquaintance reported they were in the area of Washington Avenue and Polly Branch Rd., when they were approached by two male suspects who both had their faces concealed with cloth coverings. The suspects demanded money from both subjects and then proceeded to assault the male victim by striking him in the head and face with a handgun. The female turned over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspects who then fled the area on foot. The female drove the male victim to an area hospital where he was admitted with serious injuries. The female victim was not injured as a result of the incident.

The location of the incident was later determined to have occurred in in the parking lot at the Hickory Tree
Apartments in Selbyville.  Through further investigations, Troopers identified Crowson and McElwee as suspects.  On May 11, 2020, Crowson was taken into custody at the DMV in Georgetown without incident.  With the assistance of the Troop 4’s Drug Unit, Governor’s Task Force (GTF), and Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU), McElwee was taken into custody near his residence in the unit block of Tributary Lane, Millville without incident.  A search was conducted at Crowson’s and McElwee’s residence on Tributary Lane, and the potential handgun that was involved in this incident was recovered. 

Crowson and McElwee were transported back to Troop 4 where they were charged with the following:

Ryan T. Crowson:

  • Robbery First Degree
  • Conspiracy Second Degree

Crowson was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $22000.00 secured bond.

Tanner C. McElwee:

  • Robbery First Degree
  • Assault First Degree
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited Prior Violent Crime or Felony
  • Aggravated Menacing
  • Conspiracy Second Degree

McElwee was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $75000.00 cash only bond.

Troopers Investigating Street Robbery – Selbyville

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released:051220 1021



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