Woman now charged in Elkton armed rob­bery

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

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