Vagrancy call leads to felony warrant arrest in Rosebud

St. Louis teen, 19, wanted on firearms probation violation

By Dave Marner, Managing Editor
Posted 11/13/19

A vagrancy call to Rosebud police earlier this month resulted in the arrest of a St. Louis man on multiple outstanding felony warrants from the St. Louis region.

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Vagrancy call leads to felony warrant arrest in Rosebud

St. Louis teen, 19, wanted on firearms probation violation

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A vagrancy call to Rosebud police earlier this month resulted in the arrest of a St. Louis man on multiple outstanding felony warrants from the St. Louis region.

Rosebud Police Chief Mason Griffith reported David E. Cooper, Jr., 19, attempted to flee on foot after being approached as Griffith inquired if Cooper and his fiance´needed a ride somewhere.

Griffith said Cooper and his fiance´, who was also arrested that day, had been dropped off at a family member’s resident in the country’s between the Rosebud and Gerald communities. Griffith said that their family member was not a home and they walked back to Rosebud.

A Rosebud business owner reported the couple to police.

When Griffith asked Cooper for his identification, he took off on foot.

Griffith was able to detain Cooper without incident at approximately 7:02 p.m. after a foot chase.

Cooper had a felony no-bond warrant issued against him from the Missouri Division of Probation and Parole. He was also wanted on a felony warrant from St. Louis County which had a $30,000 bond attached.

Cooper was also wanted on a felony failure to appear warrant from St. Charles County which carried a $5,000 cash only bond. In that case, he is charged with two felony counts of forgery.

Cooper entered a guilty plea in March 2018 to a class D felony count of stealing a firearm in a case brought from May 2017 by the St. Louis County Police. He was given a suspended imposition of sentence and ordered to serve five years of probation and 80 hours of community service. He was also required to maintain full-time employment or be enrolled in school. He is also prohibited from possessing a firearm.

By June of 2018, court records show Cooper had committed alleged violations of his conditions of probation. His probation was continued in  September 2018.

Another probation violation was filed against him in May 2019 and a third was filed in September 2019.

His probation was suspended in October when a $25,000 no-bond warrant was issued against him. He failed to appear in court on Oct. 7 and the warrant was issued Oct. 22.

With his arrest in Rosebud, Cooper is now scheduled to appear in court Friday, Nov. 15, in St. Louis County court for a probation violation hearing.

On Nov. 7, a probable cause statement was submitted to the Gasconade County Prosecutor’s Office seeking a felony resisting arrest charge against Cooper.

Cooper’s fiancé, identified as Sophia A. Cargas, also of St. Louis, was arrested at the scene on allegations of possession of marijuana. She was released on a citation issued through the Rosebud Municipal Court.

“The Rosebud Police Department would like to thank the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Owensville Police Department for their assistance at the scene,” according to Griffith.

Griffith also thanked the Gasconade County E-911 dispatching staff for “their diligence and hard work during this incident.”

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