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U.S. Marshals Arrest Wayne County Homicide Suspect In The Bronx

December 5, 2018

U.S. Marshals Arrest Wayne County Homicide Suspect In The Bronx

U.S. Marshals found a former Mount Pocono man wanted for an October beating death hiding in a Bronx, New York closet today.

After arresting Steven A. Cooper, 19, at a home on the 2100 block of East Tremont Avenue, marshals turned him over to the New York Police Department for arraignment. Cooper has been a fugitive since October, when the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office filed homicide, aggravated assault, robbery and related charges against him stemming from the death of Joseph Stengline Sr. , 62.

Cooper and four other men are accused of beating Stengline on Dec. 8 during a robbery attempt at Stengline’s Lehigh Twp. home.

The other suspects — Coneil “Murda” Moore, 31, of Tobyhanna; Lewis “Ricky” Tucker Jr., 27, of Pocono Summit; Darian “Smoove” Daniels, 25, of Honesdale; and Kevin “Kas” Jordan, 21, of Mount Pocono — face the same charges. They are held without bail and awaiting trial in Wayne County.

The men went to Stengline’s home at 25 Evergreen Drive, Lehigh Twp., on Dec. 8 and attacked Stengline, as well as his son, Joseph Stengline Jr., and two other men, Nicholas Padron and Devin Pickrell, police said.

Stengline Jr. told police Moore was supposed to come over to buy or smoke marijuana, according to court documents.

That evening, four men wearing bandanas, two of them brandishing handguns, stormed inside the home and attacked the men inside. Stengline Jr. recognized two of the men as Moore and Tucker, who demanded to know “where the drugs were,” according to the original charging documents filed in the case.

The assailants hit Stengline Jr. and Padron in the head with pistols, police said. Before they left, one of the men kicked Stengline Sr. twice in the head and Moore stomped on the base of his head, according to court documents.

Stengline Sr. suffered brain injuries and died Dec. 13 at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.

Cooper is held at Rikers Island, Wayne County District Attorney Patrick Robinson said. Prosecutors hope to have him brought to Wayne County to answer the homicide charges soon, though the timeline depends on whether Cooper will challenge extradition, Robinson said.

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