Orange Police say they have identified a possible suspect in an armed robbery of an Orange residence that took place on April 13 at about 1:46 a.m. in the 3000 block of Byley Boulevard in Orange, a man who was arrested just minutes after police dispatch received the call reporting the robbery.
According to a report from OPD, Officer Tim Pruitt was dispatched to the home on Byley in reference to a robbery. Upon arrival, Pruitt reports meeting with the victim who told him someone had kicked in his back door, entered the residence and held him at gunpoint. After the victim’s brother awoke upon hearing the commotion, the suspect reportedly fled on-foot out the back door into the nearby wood-line without stealing any property. The suspect was described as a black male between the ages of 25 and 35 wearing all black. Police also reportedly recovered two spent 9mm Hornady-brand Luger rounds and one unspent round along with a 13-inch kitchen knife sporting an 8-inch blade.
While Pruitt was at the scene of the robbery interviewing the witnesses and inspecting the damage done to the home, OPD Captain Garrold Keaton responded to the area of 3800 block of Meeks Drive to a report of shots fired. Minutes after the robbery was reported and dispatch received the call regarding gunfire, Captain Keaton spotted a man matching the suspect’s description walking in the 2700 block of the Interstate 10 North service road. The man verbally identified himself as James Cooper, Keaton reports. The officer observed Cooper to be wearing dark blue Nomex with a black thermal shirt underneath and was “sweating badly.” He told Cooper about his resemblance to the suspect in the robbery, and the man allowed Keaton to pat him down. No weapons were discovered on the man’s person, but dispatch confirmed he had a West Orange Municipal Court Capias Prfine warrant and a county court at law warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody and transported to the Orange County Jail.
Upon examination of the robbery report filed by Officer Pruitt, James Cooper’s name can be read. OPD Captain Cliff Hargrave confirmed Cooper is still a suspect in the home invasion, but said the investigation is ongoing and Cooper has not been charged with anything pertaining to the incident in question.