MIDDLETOWN, NJ - A Leonardo resident with an active restraining order and was accused of cutting a gas line in an effort to blow up a house and kill five people sleeping inside has now been found dead in his cell by hanging on Thursday morning according to reports from APP.com.
A corrections officer checked Elliott's room at 4:26 a.m. Tuesday "and all was in order," according to an email from a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. When the officer checked Elliott's room again 16 minutes later, at 4:42 a.m., Elliott "was found hanging from a bed sheet," she wrote.
It's not clear in the reports if the suspect, Ryan D. Elliot, was under any enhanced observation for self harm.
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 last week: 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 was 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.