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Last of the Wendy’s attackers brought back from Texas
- Updated: February 3, 2011
The Village of Newark Police Department reported the return of 20 year old Julian J. Cooper on Monday (1/31) . The arrest is the last, following a gang assault back on April 7, 2010 at the Wendy’s Restaurant in Newark. The incident was caught on the store video security camera . At approximately 2:00 p.m., the victim was waiting in line at Wendy’s when he was surprised and assaulted by three men who repeatedly punched and kicked him as he fell to the floor. The victim was transported by ambulance to Newark Wayne Community Hospital where he was treated for a possible concussion, lacerations and contusions about the head.
Cooperation of stunned employees and patrons, along with video surveillance cameras led to the identity of the perpetrators who knew the victim and had been searching for him throughout the day.
Cooper was a participant in a Gang Assault at the Wendy’s Restaurant on April 7, 2010 and has been at large since that date. He was wanted on two felony warrants for Gang Assault 2nd and Assault 2nd.
Those who participated with him in the assault and previously arrested are: James W. Stone, Kory M. Wright , Michael E. Block and Jackie Cruz.
Cooper , Wright and Stone were the main participants in the attack of a man waiting in line at the restaurant. On April 22nd, Kory Wright turned himself in to police. He pled guilty to the charges on August 26th and was sentenced to three years in State Prison.
After receiving some leads in the case, police surrounded the trailer home at 3841 Trolley Road, Lot 35 in Palmyra on September 24. James W. Stone II, age 25 was reportedly living in the trailer. He was taken into custody and charged with Gang Assault in the 2nd Degree and Assault in the 2nd Degree. He was arraigned in Newark Village Court and remanded to jail on $50,000 cash/$100,000 bond. Stone was also processed on an additional warrant for Possession of Marijuana in the 4th Degree stemming from a failure to finish a pre-trail release. He was arraigned on that charge and remanded on an additional $5000 cash/$10,000 bond. Stone’s case is still pending.
Block pled guilty to Criminal Facilitation and sentence to 45 days in the Wayne County Jail. He did not take part in the actual attack, but knew of the attack and was the driver. Another teen, Jackie N. Cruz, age 18, also plead to Criminal Facilitation4th.Information on Cooper’s whereabouts was obtained by Newark Police Officer Dan Weegar. Cooper was then taken into custody without incident by the Bell County Sheriffs Office in Belton, Texas. The Wayne County District Attorney’s Office coordinated the extradition of Cooper who was initially remanded to the Wayne County Jail. He was arraigned on Tuesday before County Court Judge Daniel Barrett and remanded back to jail on No Bail, pending his next court appearance on February 10th.