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Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

*Update* Robbery Suspect Arrested Second Still At Large

Date Posted: Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Lewes- The Delaware State Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a robbery while the second suspect still remains at large.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at approximately 1:18 p.m. when Troopers were dispatched to the 20000 block of Wil King Road for a report of an assault.  Upon arrival, Troopers made contact with a 67-year-old resident who advised that he engaged in an argument with one of his tenants, 25-year-old John Schaefer of Georgetown.  The argument led to Schaefer physically assaulting the victim.  While the victim was on the ground, Schaefer took his wallet and removed cash.  He furthermore removed the victim’s cell phone, eye glasses and keys.  Also present during this incident was 27-year-old Amber Hoopes of Lewes.  Both Schaefer and Hoopes fled the residence in the victim’s black Cadillac Escalade bearing DE registration 22607. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.

On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at approximately 12:03 p.m., Troopers saw Schaefer on Coastal Highway in the area of the Rehoboth Beach Canal Bridge and took him into custody without incident.  It was discovered that Schaefer had drug paraphernalia in his possession.  He was transported back to Troop 7 where he was charged with Robbery First Degree, Criminal Mischief, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Malicious Interference with Emergency Communication, Conspiracy Second Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Schaefer was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $64,300.00 secured bond.

Amber Hoopes still remains at large.  If anyone has information on her whereabouts they are asked to please contact Troop 7, Trooper S. Bailey at 302-644-5020.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

Click on the link for the original release: Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Wanted Suspects

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