Suspect sought in Swann Estates home invasion


Delaware State Police this week were seeking information about the suspect in a home-invasion robbery near Selbyville. Police said that on Sunday, Sept. 19, a 72-year-old man residing in Swann Estates was robbed in his home of money and prescription medication by an armed man.

According to the DSP, the home invasion began around 8:55 p.m., when the victim heard his doorbell ring. They said he went to his front door and observed a white man, wearing a black jacket, white T-shirt, grey sweatpants and white sneakers. The victim, they said, was told by the man that he had been pushing his car, which was out of gas, and that he needed the victim’s assistance.

Police said the victim told the suspect he did not have any gas; however, he would allow the man to use the telephone. The victim returned with his house phone and opened the door, at which time the suspect displayed a handgun, police said. A struggle ensued, which resulted in the victim falling to the ground. The suspect, police said, again pointed his firearm at the victim and demanded money and prescription medication.

The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of money and prescription medication and fled the residence, according to police. The victim did not require medical attention, they noted.

The Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in solving this case. The suspect was described as a white man in his 20s, between 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches in height, weighing 165 to 175 pounds, and wearing a dark ball cap, black jacket, white T-shirt, grey sweatpants and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Troop 4 at (302) 856-5850, ext. 218, or tips may also be forwarded to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at www.tipsubmit.com. Callers may remain anonymous.