FAYETTEVILLE POLICE MAKE ARREST IN AGGRAVATED ROBBERY

12/02/2011

Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced today the Fayetteville Police Department has made an arrest related to the November 28, 2011, aggravated residential burglary at 232 North Olive Avenue.

On Monday, November 28, 2011, at approximately 9:19 P.M., Fayetteville police officers responded to 232 North Olive Avenue for a report of a burglary.  When officers arrived, they were told three black males armed with guns had broken into the home and one of the men had been shot.  Roderick Rashaun Cooper was found shot in the house and he later died at Washington Regional Medical Center.  One of the residents of 232 North Olive Avenue, Cory Roberts, suffered a gunshot wound in the incident and he continues to recover.

David Andrew Richardson, white male, age 19, of Fayetteville, became a person of interest in the investigation when it was learned through independent witnesses and telephone records that he had knowledge of the event that would only be known to someone actively involved in the crime.  Investigators made attempts to locate Richardson but he eluded officers until December 2, 2011, when he was arrested by Springdale patrol officers assisting the Fayetteville Police Department.  Richardson was arrested for Aggravated Residential Burglary and Engaging in Violent Group Activity.  

It has been confirmed through witnesses that illegal drug transactions were known to take place at 232 North Olive Avenue and that marijuana was in the residence on November 28, 2011.   It is suspected that marijuana was the target of a robbery attempt on that date.  It has been confirmed through investigation that this incident was not a random burglary and the house and residents were specifically targeted.

Additional arrests are expected.  Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 479-587-3555.