Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
Clayton – The Delaware State Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a robbery in which the victim was lured to a Clayton area convenience store, and then assaulted by three subjects. One suspect still remains at large.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Blackiston Store, located at 3444 Blackiston Road, Clayton. Earlier this same date the victim, a 26 year old Clayton woman, was contacted by Jessica Elvey, 28, of Kenton who is an acquaintance. Elvey asked to borrow money and cigarettes from the victim and the two mutually agreed to meet at the Blackiston Store.
The victim arrived in the parking lot of the business at the agreed upon time in her vehicle, which was also occupied by her 4 year old daughter, who was a rear seat passenger. Soon after arriving, a black vehicle entered the parking lot and pulled in behind her. The victim then observed Elvey, along with two other suspects, identified as Chelsea Roundtree, 26, and Chasity Roundtree, 24, both of Dover, exit the vehicle.
All three suspects approached the victim as she remained seated in her vehicle and immediately began yelling at her, demanding money. The suspects then accessed the victims vehicle via separate doors and began assaulting her. At some point during the altercation the victims purse which contained an undisclosed amount of cash and other personal items was taken. After obtaining the purse all three suspects fled the scene in the vehicle in which they arrived.
The victim sustained contusions to her head and face as a result of the assault, however she refused medical treatment on scene. Her daughter was not injured as a result of the incident.
Through investigative measures, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Troopers responded to the Capital Inn located at 1426 North Dupont Highway, Dover where Jessica Elvey and Chelsea Roundtree where taken into custody. Both were transported back to Troop 9 where they were charged with Robbery 2nd Degree, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Assault 3rd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. They were arraigned out of the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institute on $28,000 secured bond.
Chastity Roundtree still remains at large and anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of her, are asked to please contact Trooper E. Ramirez at Troop 9 by calling 302-378-5749.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe
Released: 011918 1918