Crab Stop Owner Ellis Buckner Completes Court-Ordered Program; Victims Ask Patrons to Boycott

Ellis Buckner of Crab Stop
Ellis Buckner of Crab Stop

The battery charges against Crab Stop owner Ellis Buckner have been dropped after he completed a court-ordered Deferred Prosecution Program following two arrests.

The six-month program is designed to help first-time offenders avoid having a criminal conviction on their record. 

The arrests came after Buckner allegedly touched female waitresses and bartenders inappropriately while working at both the Crab Stop locations in Sebastian and Vero Beach.

However, during the past few weeks, flyers have appeared on vehicles throughout Sebastian and Vero Beach asking patrons to boycott the Crab Stop. The flyers are from the alleged victims and their families.

They contain information about alleged inappropriate behavior towards women Buckner worked with while he was a firefighter for Indian River County.

On January 17, 2006, Indian River Fire Rescue received a harassment complaint by a female coworker against Buckner for “inappropriate language and inappropriate touching.”

Buckner retired from Indian River Fire Rescue in 2014 after he overcame a very traumatic incident that caused him to have a permanent Pace Maker/Defibrillator placed into his chest, his letter of resignation stated. He served the county for over 25 years. He opened the Crab Stop a short time later.

In March 2018, the Sebastian Police Department took a report from a former female employee accusing the Crab Stop owner of reaching “under her apron and groping her,” according to the flyer. 

Then, in June 2020, a female bartender at the Sebastian Crab Stop location said Buckner told her she had “nice legs” and allegedly grabbed her thigh. The bartender walked off the job in tears and called the Sebastian Police Department. 

On June 12, 2020, Buckner was arrested and charged with battery. The arrest prompted other female workers in Sebastian and Vero Beach to come forward and talk with the police.

The Vero Beach Police Department also investigated Buckner after more women came forward from the Crab Stop in Vero Beach. One woman said Buckner made “inappropriate advances” to her and was “touching her during her employment.” 

According to investigators, another woman from the Vero Beach location said Buckner asked to have a threesome with her sister and friend while “moaning” and “touching her” at the Vero Beach location. 

Some female workers recorded the interactions with Buckner from their cell phones.

On June 20, 2020, Buckner was arrested again on two more charges of battery after the Vero Beach Police Department concluded their investigation.

Buckner could not be reached for comment. 

The stories from other former female workers are being published on a Facebook page called Molested Employees of the Crab Stop.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.