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John Joyce
  • Spring Garden Township Police say a man who fought with them to avoid being arrested had a gun in his backpack.

A York City man who tried to fight his way free from two Spring Garden Township Police officers after they stopped to question him at 2:45 a.m. Thursday was found to be carrying a loaded handgun, the officers said.

In a backpack nearby, police found a black mask and a pair of red high heels.

Damarco Juwon Cooper, 21, 613 S. Pershing Ave., is charged with two counts of assaulting an officer and a single count each of carrying a firearm without a license, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and possession of an instrument of crime. He is being held in the York County Prison under a $50,000 secured bond awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 1.

According to the documents, the officers witnessed Cooper and two other men dressed in all black wearing black backpacks go into the Rutter's Farm Store at 901 S. Richland Ave. at 2:45 a.m. One of the men left his backpack on the ground outside the store, the documents said.

Officer Jacob Clevenger said he became suspicious because of the hour, the all black attire of the three men and the fact that several motor vehicle break-ins have been reported in the area recently, according to the documents.

Clevenger approached Cooper as he came out of the store and asked him if the backpack on the ground belonged to him. He said it did not, the documents said. Clevenger asked what was in the backpack he was wearing and Cooper said he did not know and that it wasn't his.

Clevenger asked Cooper to hand over the bag since it did not belong to him and Cooper — who told the officers he was a York College student but could not give the name or exact location of the dorm he said he lived in — tensed up and tried to push past Clevenger, the documents said.

Clevenger and Cooper began to wrestle, and with the help of another officer Cooper was eventually placed under arrest and handcuffed. In the backpack he was carrying, the officers found a Davis Industries P-380 handgun with a loaded magazine inserted in it. No round was chambered, according to the documents.

In the backpack that had been left on the ground, the officers found a black mask and a red pair of women's high heel shoes, the documents said.

— Reach John Joyce at jjoyce2@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @JohnJoyceYD.