NASHVILLE-One of the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives, Kevin Eugene Cooper Jr. of Mount Pleasant, TN was captured in California yesterday.
On October 29, 2013, the Maury County fugitive was arrested on Lester Street in Bakersfield, California without incident by agents with the FBI’s Bakersfield Resident Agency and members of the SWAT team of the Bakersfield Police Department. After the execution of a search warrant of the residence where Cooper was located, there was a seizure of approximately $51,000 in US currency. Cooper was transported to the Kern County Jail and is currently awaiting extradition to Tennessee.
Additionally, during the course of the fugitive investigation of Cooper, information led to the arrest of Gaelin Kerr Buchanan, age 28, of Columbia, TN. She was arrested without incident on Anderson Avenue by agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, agents of the FBI Columbia Resident Agency and members of the Maury County Sheriff’s Department. Buchanan was charged with Accessory After the Fact and had an active warrant for Violation of Probation out of Maury County. A subsequent search warrant of the Columbia residence yielded the seizure of a firearm, a large amount of illegal narcotics and approximately $7,000 in US currency. Buchanan was transported to the Maury County Jail and is currently being held without bond.
Kevin Eugene Cooper Jr. was wanted by the Mount Pleasant Police Department, the Maury County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Currently, Mount Pleasant Police have charged Cooper with one felony count of Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault and one count of Felony Possession of a Firearm. As a result of the fugitive investigation, Cooper has received an additional federal charge of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.
On September 29, 2013, at approximately 4:15 in the morning, Cooper allegedly shot the victim, Jeffery Donte Yokley, near the intersection of Southport Road and Tulip Street in Mount Pleasant, TN.