Last suspect nabbed in Elkton robbery
— The last of three suspects has been charged in an Elkton armed robbery that occurred in early April, one month after one of those suspects was acquitted in an unrelated double-murder case, police reported.
The third suspect, Nicole Francis Burns, 35, of the 200 block of Lombard Road near Rising Sun, is facing nine charges, including robbery, second-degree assault, theft and mirroring conspiracy offenses, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Burns is free on a $100,000 bond that she posted after Elkton Police Department investigators arrested her last week, court records show.
Burns stands accused of robbing 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 accomplices — Elkton residents Nichole Elaine Wilson, 30, and Kevin Cooper, 25 — a ride to a nearby bar.
The robbery occurred shortly after the victim had given Burns and Wilson a ride to Huntsman Drive and shortly before the women, now joined by Cooper, asked for a ride to the bar, a request that the victim obliged, police said. The victim had gone to Huntsman drive to visit a friend, who was not at home, police noted.
After getting into the man’s vehicle, Cooper positioned himself in the front passenger’s seat and a woman — now believed to be Burns — got into a back seat, while Wilson remained standing outside the car, police said.
Cooper started punching the victim in the face and then the woman believed to be Burns “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.
EPD detectives confiscated a cellphone belonging to one of the suspects, after the victim had snagged it away from one of the fleeing females who allegedly had robbed him, according to court records.
Charging documents allege that the cell phone showed a thread of text messages indicating a plan among the three suspects to rob the victim, who had “puffiness under his right eye as a result of the assault.”
“These text messages occurred only minutes before the robbery in which the victim later advised that he had given both females a ride to Huntsman (Drive) right before he was robbed by them. Furthermore, Burns’ cell records place her in the area during the time frame and show numerous text messages between herself and Cooper after the robbery,” EPD Det. Lindsey Ziegenfuss wrote in her application of probable cause.
In the moments before the robbery, there also were text communications between Burns and Wilson, including one reading, “Let’s get him,” police said.
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.
Charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, 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 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.
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 be- cause on April 20 — three days after his jail release — Cooper was right back in that detention center, this time charged with fourth- degree house burglary and trespassing in connection with an inci- dent that occurred in Elkton that day, according to court records.
Cooper remained in the county jail on Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bond in that burglary case, court records show.
Charged with robbery, theft and four other offenses in the Huntsman Drive robbery case, Wilson also remained in the county jail on Tuesday in lieu of $60,000 bond, according to court records.