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1By Terry Rogers

On Thursday, April 2, a man entered the PNC Bank in Milford, showed the teller a handgun and handed her a note demanding cash. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the man fled on foot, getting into a maroon older model vehicle that was waiting for him in the parking lot of McDonald’s.

Milford Police Department and the Delaware State Police published photos of the man taken from bank video cameras as well as a photo of the getaway car also taken from surveillance cameras. Through tips from social media, the police were able to identify the suspect.

According to the Delaware State Police, around 6:30 PM on Friday, April 3, an off-duty Trooper observed a vehicle matching the description of the one used in the PNC Bank robbery traveling westbound on Hickman Road west of Greenwood before it turned southbound on Linden School Road and left the site of the trooper. At 7:25 PM, a trooper on patrol observed the maroon Chevrolet Impala on Shell Bridge Road and began following it while other troopers closed in on the suspect vehicle.

Police state that the car turned northbound on Sussex Highway, eluding pursuing troopers, before turning eastbound on Middleford Road. The suspect vehicle travelled through stop signs at numerous intersections before traveling westbound on Seashore Highway from Wilson Hill Road. Bridgeville Police Department deployed their Tire Deflation Device (Stop Sticks) in the westbound lane of Seashore Highway near Oak Road. The Impala struck the device and the tires began to slowly deflate, and the vehicle pulled to a controlled stop. As troopers approached the vehicle, they heard a gunshot.

When they arrived at the vehicle, they found the passenger, 35-year old David Tyre of Harrington, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The driver, a 31-year old female from Greenwood, who has not been identified by police, was taken into custody without further incident.

“We have not located the driver of the getaway car during the bank robbery,” Leiutenant Edward Huey of the Milford Police Department said. “We are not releasing the name of the female at this time and she has not yet been charged. The investigation into the deceased suspect’s accomplices is ongoing at this time.”

There were no injuries to PNC Bank employees during the robbery, although it was reported that the employees were “shaken up and frightened.”

“We have a policy at PNC Bank not to discuss bank robberies,” said Marcey Zwiebel, PNC Bank media contact. “We do have policies in place regarding what tellers should do in case of robbery and many security measures, but we do not release any of those policies to the public.”

Police believe that Tyre has been involved in other robberies in the area. Milford Police are still investigating in conjunction with the Denton Police Department, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and the Delaware State Police.

**Updated on April 10, 2015*** On April 9, 2015  Milford Police detectives arrested and charged a 31yo Greenwood woman in connection with the PNC Bank Robbery that occurred on April 2, 2015. Ashley R. Reynolds was charged with Robbery 1st Degree, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Reckless Endangering 1st Degree and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. Police state that detectives discovered that both Reynolds and Tyre were involved in the armed bank robbery together. Reynolds was arraigned and committed to WCI in default of $75,000.00 cash bond. The joint investigation continues with Milford Police detectives and detectives from Denton Police Department, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, the Delaware State Police and also Seaford Police Department.  

 

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