Alleged Bridgeport murder fugitive arrested in Florida
BRIDGEPORT - A local teen, being sought for last year’s death of a young man found naked and fatally shot in the stairwell of a city housing project, was arrested in Florida.
Jahmari “Wack” Cooper, 18, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force in Riviera Beach, Fla., as he got out of a car.
Police said Cooper is the suspect in the fatal shooting death of Jeri Kollack on Oct. 11, 2017, at the Greene Homes housing complex here. Cooper was charged with felony murder, murder, and first-degree robbery.
Police said Kollock was forced to strip naked, robbed of his jewelry and then shot seven times as he tried to get away.
For 45 minutes a bleeding Kollock dragged himself up a stairway to a door where he cried for help. He died just before 5 p.m. Oct. 11 on a back stairwell outside Building 1 of the Charles Greene Homes housing project.
The U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force was asked to assist in locating Cooper in November, according to police. In March, the U.S. Marshals Service offered a cash award of up to $2,500 for information leading to his arrest.
Police said on September 26, information was developed from the public leading authorities to believe Cooper may have fled to the West Palm Beach area in Florida. The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force was able to track Cooper to an apartment complex in Riviera Beach where he was taken into custody as he exited a vehicle without incident, they said. During the subsequent search of the apartment unit Cooper was allegedly staying in at the complex police said a handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found along with a New Jersey driver’s license under the alias “Mark White.”
“We are very pleased to have Mr. Cooper in custody. He was an extremely violent individual and now he is off the streets do in part to the public’s assistance.” said Brian Taylor, U.S. Marshal for the District of Connecticut.
Cooper is currently being held in state custody in Florida awaiting additional drug and possible gun charges. Cooper will be held pending extradition to Connecticut.