Grand jury indicts man accused of stealing money jar from beneft and running down people while fleeing in car

Aaron Krause • May 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Grand jurors indicted Jeremy Cooper, 36, of 3418 Townline Road 12, on one count of robbery, one count of failure to stop after an accident and one count of vehicular assault. The charges are in connection with an April 23 incident.

He was one of 12 people indicted Friday.

Cooper is accused of injuring two people after fleeing the scene while attempting to steal a jar of money at a bluegrass festival, which was part of a fundraiser in Fitchville Township.

"Your honor, I didn't steal anything. I did flee the scene," Cooper said via closed-circuit television during a hearing in Norwalk Municipal Court

Cooper said he fled the Fitchville Township scene because he was scared by people throwing rocks at him and his vehicle.

But Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said Cooper stole a jar full of cash from a charity benefit and when the suspect fled the scene, some of the people attending the event attempted to stop the vehicle.

"He ran into some of the them," Christophel told the court.

One of the victim's feet was run over by car, and that person sustained a possible broken foot or ankle. The other person had a broken finger.

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