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Crime of the Week
September 5th, 2012
The Copperas Cove Police Department is currently investigating two Aggravated Robbery incidents which occurred during the month of August 2012. We are asking for the community’s support in identifying and locating the suspect in both incidents. These incidents contain several similarities and are believed to have been committed by the same suspect.
On August 9th, 2012, Copperas Cove Police responded to the parking lot of 300 Cove Terrace for a report of an Aggravated Robbery. Officers and Detectives learned the victim, a 17 year old male Copperas Cove resident, had been robbed by a suspect brandishing a black handgun in the parking lot. The victim was not physically injured in the incident however personal property was stolen from him. The suspect was last seen fleeing from the scene on foot.
On August 31st, 2012, Copperas Cove Police responded to 819 North 1st Street (Dollar General) for a second report of an Aggravated Robbery. Officers and Detectives learned the victims, an 18 year old female Copperas Cove resident and 28 year old female Copperas Cove resident, had been robbed by a suspect brandishing a black handgun. Both victims were not physically injured in the incident however personal property and an undisclosed amount of US Currency were stolen from the business.
The suspect in both incidents was described as a slender black male, 5’10”- 6’02”, late teens to early 20’s, dressed in a black mask, black hoodie, blue gloves, black pants, and black shoes with gray soles.
The Copperas Cove Police Department is continuing to investigate these incidents at this time and would like to inform you that tips can be made anonymously through the Copperas Cove Crime Stoppers tip number (254)547-1111 or www.tipsubmit.com Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000.00 in cash for clues if your information leads to an arrest and prosecution. No one will ever ask your name.
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Crimestoppers at Work in Copperas Cove
On February 29th, 2012, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Copperas Cove Police responded to 501 North 1st Street (7-Eleven) in reference to an Aggravated Robbery incident. Upon arrival Officers learned the clerk had been robbed by a suspect brandishing a large knife. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a blue sweatshirt and a blue bandana covering a portion of his face. He fled from the business on foot with an undisclosed amount of US Currency. The victim, a 23 year old male Copperas Cove resident, was uninjured in the incident.
Copperas Cove Detectives began investigating the incident and received Crime Stoppers information regarding the identity of the suspect. The information was validated, confirming his identity as James Paul Cann, a 30 year old Copperas Cove resident. A criminal complaint was filed and a warrant was issued by Coryell County Justice of the Peace Bill Price for James’ arrest on March 4th, 2012, for Aggravated Robbery.
On March 5th, 2012, at approximately 4:20 p.m., James was located and arrest without incident in the 800 block of Michelle Drive, Copperas Cove. The US Currency was not recovered. James was arraigned by Coryell County Justice of the Peace John Guinn on March 6th, 2012, and received a $200,000.00 Surety Bond. James was later transported to the Coryell County Jail where he remains in custody at this time.
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