Drive in Elkton, after the victim had agreed to give them a ride to a nearby bar, police said.
Cooper’s alleged accomplice is described in charging documents only as a woman.
After getting into the man’s vehicle, with Cooper positioning himself in the front passenger’s seat and the woman in the back, Cooper started punching the victim in the face and then Cooper’s alleged accomplice “put something sharp against his neck,” police added.
The suspects stole the man’s wallet containing $1,300, a driver’s license and a debit card, and then they ran away and were last seen
heading toward Road A in the adjacent Hollingsworth Manor neighborhood, police reported.
Elkton Police Department officers, who were dispatched to the scene, noticed assault-related swelling under the victim’s right eye, police said. After developing information, police added, investigators showed the victim a photo lineup of possible suspects.
“When I presented this photo lineup to (the victim) he, without hesitation, picked Kevin Cooper as the male suspect,” EPD Ofc. Dennis LaSassa wrote in his statement of probable cause.
Cooper, who spent 11 days in the Cecil County Detention Center after EPD investigators arrested him in the armed robbery case on April 6, gained his pre-trial freedom by posting a $150,000
bond on Sunday, according to court records.
(But on Wednesday, three days later, Cooper was back in that jail after investigators arrested and charged him in the burglary case, police reported.)
On March 6, exactly a month before his arrest in the armed robbery case, Cooper was released from that same county jail after a Cecil County Circuit Court jury found him “not guilty” of two counts of first-degree murder and several other charges at the conclusion of week-long trial.
Cooper stood accused of breaking into a home in the 100 block of West Parkway in the Glen Farms neighborhood on the night of Feb. 22, 2015, and killing the homeowners, Earl Loomis, 79, and his wife, MaryAnn, 76, by asphyxiating them, before stealing numerous guns, credit cards, money and a pickup truck.
One of his three co-defendants, Derrick Lamonte Carroll, 26, also of Elkton, also stands accused of breaking into that home before suffocating the couple and robbing them. Charged with two counts of first-degree murder and eight other offenses, Carroll, who remains in custody without bond, did not a have trial date scheduled as of Wednesday.
(In December 2014, two months before the double murder in Glen Farms, prosecutors dismissed all charges against Cooper and Carroll in an unrelated case in which they stood accused of committing a quick series of armed robberies at the Knights Inn motel in Elkton in Feburary 2014. Prosecutors cited a lack of coopera- tion from the four victims, who were motel guests when robbed, as the reason for dropping the cases against Cooper and Carroll.)
Cooper’s other two codefendants in the doublemurder case — Azu Azuewah, 26, and Azuewah’s purported live-in girlfriend, Ellen Lough, 28, of Port Deposit — are serving prison sentences after accepting plea deals. Both participated in the planning of the crime, and Azeuwah served as the driver to the victims’ Glen Farms home.
In Cooper’s double-murder case, jurors deliberated about 10 hours after last month’s trial before returning “not guilty” verdicts on all 10 charges against him.
The jury had no forensic evidence to consider because the intruders had mired the critical areas of the home with various substances, preventing crime scene technicians from lifting fingerprints and gathering DNA samples.
An exonerated Cooper was released from jail on March 6, shortly after his acquittal in the double-murder case.
But now, as a result of his alleged participation in the incident on Huntsman Drive earlier this month, Cooper is charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, theft of more than $1,000 and less than $10,000 and eight other offenses, court records show. He also is facing two charges in the burglary case.
Cooper is scheduled for a May 6 preliminary hearing in his armed robbery case and a June 6 trial in his burglary case, according to court records.