Home Invasion, 69-Year-Old Woman Beaten, Robbed


North Dover – The Delaware State Police have arrested a Smyrna man after it was determined he had been involved in a recent home invasion style robbery which left a woman injured, according to Delaware State Police Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier.

Ronald L. Keis
Ronald L. Keis

Fournier said that the incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday February 28, 2017 when a 9-1-1 call was placed from a residence in the unit block of Hickory Dale Drive.  The 69-year-old female victim explained she had just been assaulted by a white male subject who broke into her home and demanded cash.

The female complied with the suspect’s demands, but not before she was kicked and punched by the assailant, according to Fournier. Upon obtaining more than $2,000.00 from the victim, he fled the residence in an unknown direction, said Fournier.

The 69-year-old victim was able to give a description of the suspect’s clothing and within an hour and a half, Ronald L. Keis, 50 of Smyrna, was found matching the description and was taken into custody by troopers walking in the area of Scarborough Road and North DuPont Highway (US13).

Upon searching Keis, he was found to have the victim’s money in his pockets, said Fournier.  The victim was transported by EMS to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Ronal Keis was transported back to Troop 3 in Camden where he was charged with Home Invasion, Robbery 1st, Assault 2nd, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  He was arraigned at JP7 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $132,000.00 cash bond.

Image Credits: Delaware State Police

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