MIDDLETOWN, NJ - A Leonardo resident with an active restraining order is accused of cutting a gas line in an effort to blow up a house and kill the five people sleeping inside.
This frightening episode comes from the Chester County District Attorney’s Office and West Whiteland Township Police in Pennsylvania. They just announced the arrest of Ryan D. Elliott, 30, of Leonardo, Middletown New Jersey.
Elliott was charged with five counts of Criminal Attempt to commit Criminal Homicide and related charges stemming from an incident at 5:14 a.m. on November 12, 2020.
According to the press release: West Whiteland Township Police responded to a residence in the Whiteland Woods Development in West Whiteland Township. The homeowner told officers that he awoke to a strong natural gas smell in the residence. The homeowner checked the basement and found the gas line had been cut. Five family members were inside the residence at the time of the incident. It was later discovered entry had been made into the residence by an unknown person. Investigators observed a cut gas line and an incendiary device in close proximity to the cut line.
Ryan Elliott, identified as the person responsible for the alleged crimes, had been in a relationship with one of the family members living in the residence. That person had an active Protection from Abuse Order against Elliott at the time of the incident.
Elliott was arrested in Leonardo, New Jersey, on November 13, 2020, by the U.S. Marshal’s Service, New Jersey State Police Fugitive Task Force, and the Middletown Township Police. Elliott is being held on Fugitive from Justice charges at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.
The West Whiteland Township Fire Department, Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Chester County Detectives, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Bomb Squad, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms assisted in the initial response and investigation. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled once the defendant is extradited to Chester County.
If you have any information about this case, contact West Whiteland Township Detective Scott Pezick at 484-875-6021.