Man arrested, charged in connection to shooting, suspected in another

Posted at 6:52 AM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 15:31:23-04

CINCINNATI -- Police arrested a man in connection to a July 4 shooting in Cincinnati, but he's wanted for questioning in connection to a shooting that hurt five people in Over-the-Rhine later in te month.

Police issued a BOLO alert for Johntel "Black" Cooper, 24, on Sunday. Cooper was wanted in connection to the July 22 shooting at the corner of Lang and Peete streets and Clifton Avenue in Over-the-Rhine. Five people were hurt in the shooting: Nakale Hobb, 37; Marlon Spivey, 46; Andre Williams, 44; Ebony Pritchett, 24; and Markith Gordon, 31, all sustained non life-threatening injuries.

Police looked for Cooper for two days before he was arrested, but Capt. Doug Wiseman said Cooper was arrested for involvement in a July 4 shooting.

Cooper is charged with felonious assault, failure to comply with police, three gun-related charges, driving while under a suspension, and failure to control his vehicle.

In court on Wednesday, Cooper was also arraigned on a murder charge in an April 26 death. However, Cooper says he was in the Pickaway Correctional Institute at the time of the murder; the correctional institute confirms Cooper was incarcerated from Aug. 27, 2015 to May 14, 2017. Cooper was incarcerated for possession of heroin and weapons charges. 

Wiseman said Cooper was never charged with murder in Hamilton County; documents on the charge could not be found on the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts' database.