Man arrested for third time since murder acquittal
— For the third time since his March acquittal in the double murder of an elderly Glen Farms couple, an Elkton-area man has been arrested and charged in an unrelated case, according to Cecil County District Court records.
This time, Kevin Eric Cooper Jr., 25, is accused of robbing his father, Eric Cooper Sr., 52, in the 200 block of Main Street in Elkton on July 6.
Cooper asked his father to lend him a dollar and then,
after the elder Cooper removed cash from his pocket to oblige, his son allegedly snatched $45 from his hand, police said. Cooper then allegedly tried to grab a purse from a nearby woman, before running away when she resisted, police added.
“Cooper Sr. was adamant about filing charges against his son and was highly upset over the incident,” Sgt. David Confer of the Elkton Police Department wrote in his statement of probable cause.
Cooper remained on the lam until Friday, when investigators captured him in Elkton after learning his where- abouts, police reported.
As of Monday mor n i n g , Cooper remained in the Cecil County Detention Center without bond, court records show. Cooper, who is charged with two counts of robbery in that case, is scheduled for a bail review hearing later on Monday.
At the time of the alleged robbery, Cooper was free on a $5,000 bond that he had posted on May 7 — some two weeks after he was arrested, held in the county jail and charged with fourthdegree burglary and trespassing relating to an April 20 incident.
Cooper allegedly committed that April 20 burglary three days after he had posted a $150,000 bond to gain his pre-trial freedom in connection with a recent armed robbery case — one in which Cooper and two women stand accused of robbing a man about 1:30 a.m. April 5 on Huntsman Drive in Elkton.
During that incident, Cooper allegedly punched the man in the face, before stealing his wallet containing $1,300 and a debit card and then fleeing, police reported.
Investigators captured Cooper on April 6, a day later, and charged him with armed robbery, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and other offenses, according to court records.
Cooper spent 11 days in the county detention center after his arrest in that armed robbery case, before posting
the $150,000 bond on April 17 — three days before he allegedly burglarized an Elkton dwelling and was arrested shortly after it had occurred, court records show.
He remained in jail about 10 days before posting a $5,000 bond in the burglary case, according to court records, which indicate that Cooper was free on that bond when he allegedly robbed his father on July 6, marking the latest in his recent string of criminal cases.
On March 6, exactly a month before his arrest in the Huntsman Drive armed robbery case, Cooper was released from the county jail after a Cecil County Circuit Court jury had found him not guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and several other charges earlier that day 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, 27, 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 is scheduled to stand trial in December.
Cooper’s other two co-defendants in that double-murder case — Azu Azuewah, 27, 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 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.
Cooper is scheduled for an Aug. 12 preliminary hearing in the July 6 robbery case in which his father is one of the alleged victims, court records show. As of Monday, trial dates had not been set in Cooper’s other two criminal cases, the April 5 armed robbery and the April 20 burglary.