State Police: Millsboro man robbed, assaulted, kidnapped elderly couple

REHOBOTH BEACH – Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man police say robbed, assaulted and kidnapped an elderly Rehoboth Beach couple Saturday.

Steven Snell

Steven Snell, taken into custody at a residence in Pot-Nets Creekside in Millsboro, faces numerous charges stemming from the incident that began Saturday morning involving an 81-year-old woman and her 82-year-old husband at their Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club.

According to state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe, troopers were dispatched to the M&T Bank on Camelot Drive for a woman stating she had been kidnapped and her vehicle stolen with her husband in the trunk.

The vehicle was found parked behind the Subway at 19470 Coastal Highway.  The woman’s 82-year-old husband was located. The suspect had fled on foot.

Investigation revealed that the suspect, Steven Snell had entered the victims’ residence in the Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club earlier in the morning through an open garage door.

He asked the man to use the house phone and for a drink. The man gave Snell a drink of water and when he turned around, Snell grabbed him from behind and put a box cutter to his throat, Cpl. Jaffe said.

During a brief struggle the elderly man received a chin laceration. The victim yelled to his wife who was upstairs.  She was met by Snell who pushed her to the floor, police said.

Snell took rope from his book bag and tied the man’s arms behind his back and feet together. Snell took an undisclosed amount of cash out of the man’s pocket and his wife’s purse, along with a M&T bank card, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Snell put the man in the truck of their vehicle and the woman in the front passenger’s seat and went to the M&T Bank. Snell ordered the woman to the ATM machine to withdraw cash.  After she withdrew an undisclosed amount of cash, she held onto a railing as Snell tried and pull her back to the vehicle.

A customer observed what was going on, and Snell let the female go and fled the area in the vehicle with her husband inside the trunk.  The woman went into the bank and requested help.

While still in the trunk, the man realized the vehicle had come to a stop. After freeing his hands, he located a release button inside the trunk and got out of the vehicle.  He was treated at the scene. His wife was not injured during this incident.

State police charged Snell with two counts of kidnapping first degree, three counts of robbery first degree (Displays what appears to be a deadly weapon), possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, home Invasion, assault second degree, theft of a motor vehicle and offensive touching.

Snell was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $362,100 cash only bond.

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