Suspect sought in attempted robbery at G&E last week


The Delaware State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in the attempted robbery of Hocker’s G&E Supermarket that occurred early last Thursday evening.

Police said the incident occurred around 8:20 p.m. on Feb. 26, when a male suspect entered the supermarket on Cedar Neck Road and approached a 49-year-old female employee at the counter.

According to Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, public information officer for the Delaware State Police, the suspect demanded the clerk hand over the money in the register and implied he had a weapon. The clerk refused, alerting another store employee, and the suspect then fled out the front door in an unknown direction.

Hocker’s Vice President Gerry Hocker said mid-week that he couldn’t comment on the details of the incident, as the investigation was still ongoing.

“The fortunate thing is that no one got hurt. Our employees — everyone was safe, and certainly the suspect didn’t get hurt. With situations like that, you never know how they could end up. In our situation, everyone was lucky — no one was hurt, and the person did not get away with anything.”

Hocker thanked local and state law enforcement agencies for their prompt response on the evening of the incident.

“Police were there within minutes,” he said. “I thank all the town police. The night of the incident, I think most police officers in our area were there within minutes. It was certainly a group effort to try and apprehend the person that night. I do thank all the area town police who responded for assistance, and likewise state police. I certainly commend everyone for their efforts.”

According to Hocker, this was the second attempted robbery at the deli and grocery store, the first having been Oct. 1 of last year. In October, the robber did leave the store with money but was apprehended within three hours.

“Hopefully, they will catch this individual,” he added of last Thursday’s incident.

The suspect was described as a white man between 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 6 feet, 4 inches tall, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a grey mask over his face. Fournier said no other physical or clothing description was available. No surveillance images were available to the media.

If anyone has any information regarding the incident, they are being asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at Troop 4 at (302) 856-5850 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”