Sto-Rox man facing drug and gun charges after leaving a loaded handgun in a store

By Steve Pope | September 16, 2018

A 24-year-old Sto-Rox man was arrested Friday and is facing serious drug and gun charges after he led police on a brief foot chase that began inside a high school stadium.

Kevin Jamar Hooper, is charged with fleeing from police, delivery of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and illegally possessing a firearm in two separate cases.

A Stowe Township police officer spotted Hooper Friday night at a Sto-Rox football game and wrote in a criminal complaint, that he knew there was an active arrest warrant for Hooper in connection with a June incident that occurred at the McKees Rocks Family Dollar.

According to the complaint, Hooper fled on foot after being told he was under arrest and while running started reaching towards his groin area. A police officer attempted to use his TASER to stop Hooper, but was unsuccessful. Hooper was eventually arrested after he tried to climb a fence.20180916_165625-1

Police found a bag of marijuana and several packets of suspected heroin on him. Hooper told police he fled because, “He did not want to go to jail and was scared,” the complaint said.

Online court records show Hooper has been arrested 17 times since 2012. Most of the charges are for drug possession, however, in 2015 he was charged with aggravated assault.

Hooper was wanted for a June 10 incident where police allege he left a loaded handgun inside a Family Dollar store. Police say a store employee found a 9mm loaded handgun inside a backpack that was left in the store.

The complaint alleges that the backpack may have been left for two juveniles who are known to police. Store video shows Hooper place the backpack next to an ATM machine, make a purchase and leave the store. The two juveniles who entered the store seconds after Hooper are seen on video approaching the backpack, briefly staring at it and then leaving the store. Police traced the handgun to a Washington County resident.20180916_165410-1

Hooper was released from the Allegheny County Jail after posting bail and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in both cases on Sept. 25.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com

 

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