A Georgetown man faces charges after police say he assaulted a landlord April 10 near Lewes, and then left in victim’s car after taking cash and a cellphone. A woman was charged April 19 after police had sought her.
On April 12, police saw John Schaefer, 25, walking at about noon on Route 1 near the Rehoboth Beach Canal Bridge, and they took him into custody without incident, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police.
Police found drug paraphernalia on Schaefer, and then took him to Troop 7. Police charged him 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 arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $64,300 secured bond.
Amber Hoopes, 27, of Lewes was found at a home on Wil King Road and she was arrested without incident, Jaffe said. first-degree robbery, criminal mischief, theft of a motor vehicle, malicious Interference with emergency communication, second-degree conspiracy and resisting arrest. She was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in default of $14,000 secured bond.
Hoopes was present when Schaeffer physically assaulted his 67-year-old landlord during an argument at a home in the 20000 block of Wil King Road, Jaffe said. While the victim was on the ground, Jaffe said, Schaefer took his wallet and removed cash, and then took the victim's cellphone, eyeglasses and keys. Schaeffer and Hoopes drove away in the victim's black Cadillac Escalade bearing Delaware registration 22607. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he was treated for his injuries, Jaffe said.