Police: Mother, stepfather charged in case of brothers who allegedly beat man up over crack

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch
Cory Kevin Cooper

The mother and stepfather of two York County brothers accused of beating up another man and dragging him across the ground because they thought he had stolen crack cocaine are also facing charges.

Tracie Cooper-Robinson, 53, and Michael Robinson, 56, the mother and stepfather of the Cooper brothers, made arrangements for Trenton Cooper to be taken by family to Virginia to avoid apprehension, state police said.  

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Cooper-Robinson and Robinson are charged with three felony counts of hindering apprehension and a felony count of using their cellphone in a crime, according to online court documents. 

Cooper-Robinson was released on $25,000 unsecured bail and Robinson on $10,000 unsecured bail. He has a preliminary hearing March 3, and her preliminary hearing is scheduled March 5 before District Judge John H. Fishel.

Cory Kevin Cooper, 33, of Chanceford Township, and Trenton Jarod Cooper, 34, of no fixed address, are facing multiple charges in last week's incident in Chanceford Township.

Cory Cooper was taken into custody Sunday and is in York County Prison on $75,000 bail. He faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 28 before Fishel, according to online court documents.

Trenton Jarod Cooper

Trenton Cooper was apprehended Tuesday in Virginia in the case as well as on an outstanding Megan's Law violation warrant. He is awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania, state police said.

The Cooper brothers are facing charges of two felony counts of aggravated assault and kidnapping, 13 misdemeanor counts including terroristic threats, strangulation, simple assault, false imprisonment and unlawful restraint, and one summary count each of harassment and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to online court documents.

According to a criminal complaint, state police went to the 9000 block of Twin Hills Road in East Hopewell Township at 7:52 a.m. Friday after receiving a report that a car had pulled into a driveway and a man had been assaulted by multiple people. The victim was found three hours later at a Rutter's in Chanceford Township.

While the victim was being taken to York Hospital, troopers said they saw road rash on his lower back, scratches and lacerations on his arms, abrasions on his head and open wounds and possible frostbite on his feet, the complaint said.

The man told hospital staff he was “scared for his life” and was transferred to a hospital in Maryland on Saturday.

The victim said he and the Cooper brothers went to a fishing hole in Stewartstown on Thursday and began drinking beer, then went to the Cooper family farm and smoked crack, the complaint said.

After running out of crack, the Cooper brothers and the victim drove to Baltimore on Friday morning to get more, police said. Cory Cooper then allegedly accused the man of stealing a yellow-capped vial of crack worth $10 and lying to him. Trenton Cooper then threatened to kill the man, according to the complaint.

The man believed he would be killed and jumped out of the car. The Coopers caught him and dragged him back to the car repeatedly even though he begged them to “please stop” and asked them to go the hospital because he continued to black out, state police said.

— Ron Musselman can be reached at rmusselman@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @ronmusselman8.