SacPD Needs Your Help To Locate Armed Robber

Officer VonSchoech of the City of Sacramento Police Department confirmed that as of 02-28-08 this suspect has not been apprehended.

Feb. 15 – The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile suspect wanted for several violent crimes.

On January 28, 2008, at 9:46 p.m., a victim was parked in front of the laundry mat at 3201 Marysville Boulevard. The victim is a taxi driver and was completing paperwork after dropping off a fare.

The victim noticed James Cooper, 17 and another suspect watching him. Cooper walked up to the victim’s window and asked how much it would cost to go to the Natomas area. Cooper then pulled out a shotgun from under his coat, pointed it at the victim and ordered him out of the taxi.

Cooper took the victim’s wallet, keys and calculator. The victim noticed that the second suspect had climbed into the taxi. The suspects drove off. The victim observed the suspects pull over and pick up a third individual. The taxi was recovered a short time later.

On February 1, 2008, another victim went to the Regional Transit Station at 3008 Academy Way to pick up a friend. The victim observed four suspects standing around the station staring at people.

James Cooper approached the victim’s car and motioned with his hands that he wanted to use one of the victim’s cell phones. The victim refused and locked the doors. Cooper pulled a shotgun out from under his sweatshirt and pointed it at the driver.

The driver put the car into reverse and fled the scene. Cooper fired several shots at the victim as they fled. The victim’s vehicle was hit two times. Officers arrived on scene, collected evidence, reviewed surveillance video, and Cooper was identified.

Cooper has a warrant for his arrest on charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Robbery, Car Jacking, and Attempted Robbery. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Coopers case has been filed in Adult Court.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime is strongly urged to contact CRIME ALERT at (800)-AA-CRIME or (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000. Click here to read the official Sac PD press release.

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