On February 8, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., Ephrata Police investigated a strong-arm robbery near the intersection of Peach Alley and Church Ave., Ephrata Borough. The victim reported that he was lured to the area under the ruse of purchasing marijuana; instead, two subjects forcefully removed over $500 from his person. Ephrata Police identified one of the suspects as Jeffrey E. Hoover, 18, of Ephrata, and on February 9, 2019 located him and arrested him. Hoover is charged with Robbery and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Hoover is incarcerated in Lancaster County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail. Hoover is presumed innocent.
Police are still investigating the identity of the second suspect. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Lockhart at 717-738-9200 x 241 or leave a tip by clicking Submit A Tip Here.