Woman now charged in Elkton armed robbery
— A woman accused of committing an armed robbery with an Elkton man in early April — one month after that man’s acquittal in a double-murder case — remained jailed Friday after investigators arrested her, according to Cecil County District Court records.
The suspect, Nichole Elaine Wilson, 30, of the 100 block of Gooseneck Court in Elkton, allegedly robbed a man about 1:30 a.m. April 5 on Huntsman Drive in Elkton, after the victim had agreed to give her and her alleged accomplice — Kevin Cooper, 25 — a ride to a nearby bar, police reported.
Wilson, who is charged
with second-degree assault, robbery and four other offenses, remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $60,000 bond on Friday after her bail review hearing earlier this week, according to court records, which indicate that her criminal case has been forwarded to Cecil County Circuit Court.
After getting into the man’s vehicle, with Cooper positioning himself in the front passenger’s seat and Wilson in the back, Cooper started punching the victim in the face and then Wilson “put something sharp against his neck,” police said.
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 added.
Elkton Police Department investigators arrested Cooper on April 6, a day later, after the victim identified Cooper as one of the suspects when detectives showed him a photo lineup, court records show.
Charging papers also indicate that investigators were able to link Cooper and Wilson to the armed robbery, based on text messages that Wilson had sent to Cooper shortly before the incident. Detectives were able to recover Wilson’s cell phone, police reported.
Charged with armed rob- bery, first-degree reckless endangerment and several other offenses, Cooper was held in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $150,000 bond after his arrest, according to court records.
On March 6, exactly one month before his arrest in this 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 other charges
assault, at the conclusion of weeklong 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.
Two of his three co-defendants in that double-murder cases are serving prison sentences after accepting plea deals, while the third is awaiting a trial date.
Cooper spent 11 days in the county jail after his arrest in the armed robbery case, before posting a $150,000 bond on April 17 to gain his pre-trial freedom, court records show
But it was short-lived because on April 20 — three days after his jail release — Cooper was right back in that detention center, this time charged with fourthdegree house burglary and trespassing in connection with an incident that occurred in Elkton that day, according to court records.
Cooper remained in the county jail on Friday in lieu of $5,000 bond, court records show.