‘Baby daddy’ is­sues led to woman be­ing run down, po­lice say

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ rro­[email protected]­nobee.com

A feud be­tween two women over a man in Fresno ap­pears to have boiled over into a vicious hit-and-run crash, ac­cord­ing to a Fresno po­lice re­port.

Monique Cooper, 23, is al­legedly seen on video, taken on a sur­veil­lance cam­era, us­ing her car to run down a woman in a park­ing lot.

She’s charged with at­tempted mur­der, felony as­sault with a deadly weapon and car­ry­ing a con­cealed knife.

She had been charged with felony as­sault and pos­ses­sion of a con­cealed knife. Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors and pros­e­cu­tors saw the video footage, how­ever, they added the more se­ri­ous charge of at­tempted mur­der.

The May 3 video al­legedly shows Cooper’s Chevro­let Im­pala slowly move toward Latoya Crama, 28, as she walks through the park­ing lot of Zacks Mar­ket on Cal­i­for­nia Av­enue and Martin Luther King Boule­vard in Fresno.

Cooper then al­legedly ac­cel­er­ates, strik­ing Crama, who lands on the hood and is car­ried for sev­eral feet be­fore she tum­bles onto the street.

FEUD REACHES HEAD

Ac­cord­ing to a Fresno po­lice re­port, a wit­ness told po­lice the feud started over “baby daddy is­sues” be­tween Crama and Cooper’s sis­ter.

Crama’s ex-boyfriend, with whom she has a child, is dat­ing Cooper’s sis­ter. As a re­sult, Crama held re­sent­ment toward both Cooper and her sis­ter, Cooper told po­lice.

The morn­ing of the in­ci­dent, Crama con­fronted Cooper because she waved to her daugh­ter while she was drop­ping her off for school.

The con­fronta­tion es­ca­lated when Crama ap­proached Cooper in the park­ing lot. Cooper told po­lice Crama had spit at her and hit her car.

Cooper told po­lice she was so en­raged over the spit­ting in­ci­dent she “lost it” and drove her Chevro­let Im­pala into Crama.

She fled af­ter the crash and was ar­rested later that day. Cooper told po­lice she was so up­set she “blacked out” and didn’t mean to hit Crama with her car.

“...umm no, I didn’t want to hit her with my car, but I did...” she said, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

Crama suf­fered two bro­ken ver­te­brae in her neck, a bro­ken toe and abra­sions.

Pros­e­cu­tor An­drew Janz urged the judge to in­crease Cooper’s bail Wed­nes­day, call­ing the in­ci­dent “one of the most egre­gious ex­am­ples (of hit and run) I have ever seen.”

Janz asked Judge James Kel­ley to in­crease Cooper’s bail because of the at­tempted mur­der charge.

To help make his case, Janz showed Kel­ley, and the rest of the court­room, the short video. Sev­eral people watch­ing the video said “ooh” at the point of im­pact.

Cooper cried as she watched the video. Kel­ley or­dered she be taken into cus­tody and he agreed to boost her bail to $666,000.

“Oh my god,” Cooper said, as a Fresno County Sher­iff’s deputy hand­cuffed her. Her mother tried to give her a hug but the deputy didn’t al­low it.

Cooper’s at­tor­ney Ger­ald Sch­wab dis­agreed with the added felony charge, say­ing it’s dif­fi­cult to tell how fast the car was mov­ing. Sch­wab also ar­gued Crama did not suf­fer ma­jor or per­ma­nent in­juries.

“The video looks worse than it re­ally was,” Sch­wab said “It’s just grand­stand­ing by the DA.”

Cooper’s next court ap­pear­ance is Oct. 16.

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