Both suspects now in custody

UPDATE: Delaware State Police have arrested the second suspect in connection with a robbery.

On Thursday, April 19, members of the First State Fugitive Task Force responded to a residence in the 20000 block of Wil King Road in Lewes, where 27-year-old Amber Hoopes was located and taken into custody without incident.

Hoopes was charged with first-degree robbery, criminal mischief, theft of a motor vehicle, malicious interference with emergency communication, second-degree conspiracy and resisting arrest. She was committed to the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on $14,000 secured bond.

---

UPDATE: On Thursday, April 12, at around noon., troopers saw Schaefer on Coastal Highway in the area of the Rehoboth Beach Canal Bridge and took him into custody without incident. Drug paraphernalia was found in his possession. 

He was charged with first-degree robbery, criminal mischief, theft of a motor vehicle, malicious interference with emergency communication, second-degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. Schaefer was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $64,300 secured bond.

Amber Hoopes remains at large. If anyone has information on her whereabouts they are asked to 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 http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

---

Delaware State Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two suspects wanted in connection with a Lewes robbery.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, April 10, at around 1:20 p.m. when Troopers were dispatched to the 20000 block of Wil King Road for a report of an assault. Upon arrival, a 67-year-old resident advised that he had 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 and taking cash, a cell phone, glasses and keys.

Also present during this incident was 27-year-old Amber Hoopes of Lewes. Both fled the residence in the victim's black Cadillac Escalade bearing Delaware registration 22607. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.

Troopers have been unable to locate Schaefer and Hoopes, who have active warrants for first-degree robbery, criminal mischief, theft of a motor vehicle, malicious interference with emergency communication and second-degree conspiracy.

If anyone has information on their 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 http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.