Saturday, December 17, 2016

Suspect Arrested In Somerset County Homicide

Suspect Arrested In Somerset Co. Homicide

December 17, 2016
(PRINCESS ANNE, MD) — Maryland State Police have arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a woman in Somerset County early this morning.

The suspect is identified as Jesse L. Copes, 26, of Princess Anne, Md.  After consultation with the Somerset County State’s Attorney’s Office, Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators charged Copes with first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter, first degree assault, second degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.  He is currently being held in the Somerset County Detention Center without bond.

The victim is identified as Tawanda L. Blake, 26, of Pocomoke, Md.  She was pronounced dead shortly after 2:00 a.m. today at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Just after 1:30 a.m. today, Maryland State Police at the Princess Anne Barrack received a 911 call for a shooting at the American Legion in the 31000-block of Perryhawkin Road, Princess Anne, Md.  Responding troopers found the victim lying in the parking lot.  Emergency medical personnel responded and transported her to the hospital.

State Police investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division at the Princess Anne Barrack and the Homicide Unit responded to conduct the investigation.  The preliminary investigation indicated the victim was one of a number of people on the parking lot when several shots were fired by an unknown suspect.

State Police investigators worked through the day today and developed information that led to the identification of Copes as a suspect.  Witnesses interviewed indicated Copes was one of a number of people, including the victim, who were the parking lot of the American Legion at about 1:30 a.m. today.  Copes reportedly engaged in an altercation with several individuals that included yelling and then led to a scuffle between them.  Witnesses indicated Copes pulled out a handgun and began firing.

At this time, the victim is the only person known to have been struck by the gunfire.  An autopsy today at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore confirmed her cause of death was a gunshot wound and her manner of death was homicide.

Earlier today, State Police investigators saw Copes leaving his apartment and stopped him as he drove away.  He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Princess Anne Barrack for questioning.  Investigators obtained a search warrant that was served at Copes’ apartment and led to the recovery of evidence.  A handgun has not been recovered at this time.

Additional assistance during this investigation was provided by the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, and the Princess Anne Police Department.

Anyone with information about this shooting is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Princess Anne Barrack immediately at 443-260-3700. Callers may remain confidential.

74 comments:

Anonymous said...

You out did Joe Asshairo again.

Anonymous said...

Great work to all the officers that worked to close this case in such a timely matter. My prayers go out to the family that lost a loved one. Thanks J.T. for keeping us posted.

Anonymous said...

He didn't do it....the truth will come out........ Msp might be looking at a lawsuit...a thoro investigation should have been done before anyone was arrested.....the evidence they found doesn't place him as a shooter....that was his family. ......praying for all involved at this time....may the truth come to light......before all the racist comments come out about Jesse and his affiliation. ..just know he would give you the clothes off his back and if you couldn't fit them he'd sure as hell make sure you get something. ....he has a heart of gold and he's a strong believer in god and has a strong relstionship with with god.....look at his Instagram it shows ..... I pray justice is served and the truth comes out........you can't judge someone by their image. ..its what's in their heart........Justice4Jesse

Anonymous said...

Any news on the Royal Farms hold-up in Princess Anne?

Anonymous said...

Give him a fair trial and then hang him.

Anonymous said...

Black on black murders are at and all time high nationwide. Unfortunately we are not immune. The blame lies exclusively, without any doubts on the backs of the democrat politicians and those who vote democrat and if you deny this you are either a fool or a liar. The Death of the Black Family caused by the democrats and the lack of respect for authority taught by the democrats has rotted the soul of black youths. Rotted their souls to the very core. The black family structure has been gutted by the democrats, there are no values, little respect for life and a civil society and too few place any value on education and hard work. Drugs and violence have infiltrated into the void left by lack of values. They can "pray" all they want but God has turned His back on them because they merely talk the talk but fail completely when it comes to walking the walk. Over 70 percent of black babies born out of wedlock. Don't they dare call themselves Christians. Don't they dare.

Anonymous said...

How dare you to criticize or judge a grouo of people. I guess you think those who vote Republican are the ones who are so righteous. Seems like you are the fool and a liar. God has not turned his back "on them" as you say. I will continue to pray, in fact, I pray for people like you who think that all or most Black people are useless, according to your post. By the way, white babies are aborted a lot more than you think so don't you dare call them Christians.

Anonymous said...

The blame lies on the media. music and movie industry that glamorizes violence in all forms and they are all owned by you know who.

Anonymous said...

Thug life just doesn't pay.

the truth hurts said...

Jt youtube
Trumps its a wonderful life......u should post it lol.

Anonymous said...

Your right but when your innocent being a thug doesn't matter

Anonymous said...

He did fire a gun though. GSR says so. So eye witness says he shot her and his hands have GSR on them.

Anonymous said...

To the poster stating he is innocent please post the name of the REAL KILLER please. Obviously you are in the know or at least appear to be. If you have hard evidence this man is innocent please post it so justice can be done.

The issue is so many people react emotionally to these cases. I have seen many innocent people go to jail because people with knowledge kept quiet.

Anonymous said...

"To the poster stating he is innocent please post the name of the REAL KILLER please."

Better yet, go to the police and tell them what you know. If you saw something different don't just rant about it on the internet; do something about it!

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like he is another black thug living a thug life. True shame.

Anonymous said...

The root of the crime problem is the breakdown of the black family. Blacks overwhelmingly have been programmed to believe the government can take care of you so children don't need fathers. They believe the nonsense that "it takes a village." NO it doesn't and anyone who believe it is a fool. It takes a mother and a father who are positive role models when it comes to values, honesty, education a good work ethic and more. It takes both parents consistently in the children's lives. The other problem is and I know most don't want to admit it, but a considerable number of blacks have issues with being honest. They do not value honesty. They are programmed to lie and say all their social problems are the fault of others.

Anonymous said...

Rodney mookie Christopher is the shooter

Anonymous said...

8:45-I don't THINK I KNOW those who vote Republican are righteous and don't you dare ever forget it-do you understand! If you voted for obama or clinton you are the worst of the worst. You have NO business praying unless it's to satan because the democrat platform is the doctrine of satan not that you FAKE Christian would ever admit it. Democrats lie, kill babies, approve of same sex unions and on and on. All things if you were a REAL Christian you would know is against God's word. So don't you dare "pray" for me. You aren't worthy to be praying for anyone. And YES God has turned His back on blacks. 1000+ black on black murders a year in this country and 10's of 1000's more shot-Oh YES He has YOU FOOL turned His back on an immoral people. "Pray" until you are blue in the face but be assured before the year is over many many more blacks are going to have their brains blow out by other blacks. God knows fake prayers and Christians and their "prayers" mean nothing to Him

Anonymous said...

That's a lie gsr was not found on his body at all....please get facts before u talk......they have no evidence on Jesse. .....they know who the shooters are...

Anonymous said...

Rodney Christopher

Anonymous said...

Its so many dumb white people in hell.i gotta get to church.
Please lord forgive me for mines.

Anonymous said...

Ralph Taylor

Anonymous said...

2:17 Family members kill each other too sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Marcellus Ginn was seen carrying a revolver right after the shooting. Did anybody check him out?

Anonymous said...

Yep breakdown of the traditional family unit in the black communities is the reason for all the violence. They do want the government and others to raise their children and now the chickens are coming home to roost. Every action has consequences and when you disregard logic and common sense you will pay a price and they are.

Anonymous said...

We are living in the last days of this wicked system meaning the evil Obama and the democrats and those who support them. 2 Tim.3:1-5 says in the last days. people would be fierce, brutal,without love of good. Soon, Jehovah God is going to destroy ungodly people and meek, righteous ones will inherit the earth (Ps.37:9-11).
Donald J Trump was sent by God to undo all the filth the wicked evil Obama and the democrats created. This is why all the violence all most all in democrat strongholds "IN THE LAST DAYS PEOPLE WILL BE FIERCE, BRUTAL WITHOUT LOVE OF GOOD" and US righteous will inherit the earth. Change to Republican now or you will forever be cursed. Those who vote democrat are the wicked who follow the doctrine of satan and that is why they are paying for it. God always punishes the bad people.

Anonymous said...

Jesse knows the shooters too if she was his family why not tell oh he goes by the street code NO SNITCHING. And 2:17 if he had a heart of gold why was he selling poison in the hood to his own people ANSWER ? Ill wait.....

Anonymous said...

Ace

Anonymous said...

450 and 845

Okay I can't keep my mouth shut! God has not given up on anyone or any race! I am so sorry that you feel like you have to act or be a certain way to be Christian. People have different journeys through life. People learn and act to things differently. That is why we are all different. God made us that way for a reason. Can you take a minute and think about the person or people that you think are Christian hypocrites and think how thankful you are. Maybe have some compassion for them. Think about what it must of been like for them as a small child. What was their environment like. I don't think GOD would like you to judge a person or a race. I think that is his job let GOD judge if he thinks they are Christians or not! It is their journey not yours!

Anonymous said...

5:22

God always punishes the bad people? Are you GOD? Go ahead I'll wait

Anonymous said...

**Mike Blake was one of the three who had a gun hes from pocomoke...has a injury to his hand from altercation possibly from the kickback he needs to be picked up ASAP. .......Ralph Taylor was no where in sight......MOOKIE IS POSSIBLY THE SHOOTER...HE SKIPPED TOWN SOON AFTER THE SHOOTING. ...JESSE COPES IS INNOCENT...PLEASE FREE THAT MAN AND LET HIM MOURN. ....PRAYERS TO ALL THE FAMILIES

Anonymous said...

**Mike Blake was one of the three who had a gun hes from pocomoke...has a injury to his hand from altercation possibly from the kickback he needs to be picked up ASAP. .......Ralph Taylor was no where in sight......MOOKIE IS POSSIBLY THE SHOOTER...HE SKIPPED TOWN SOON AFTER THE SHOOTING. ...JESSE COPES IS INNOCENT...PLEASE FREE THAT MAN AND LET HIM MOURN. ....PRAYERS TO ALL THE FAMILIES

Anonymous said...

Convenience stores sell u poison also....to each its own...cigs kill alcohol kill drugs kill..your free to pick your own poison.......im sure his phone rings....he doesn't make the calls....dont judge him...FACTS

Anonymous said...

6:49 Wait for what? Honey unlike yourself and those in your sinning circle I tell the truth. Now if you were a REAL Christian you would know the Bible if full of examples of God's punishments and discipline.

Hebrews 12:5-11:

And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives." It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Anonymous said...

and 6:49---Luke 16:19-31 those without faith in Christ are separated from God forever and exist in eternal punishment. Though God has provided a way for humanity to receive salvation and spend eternity in His presence (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9), not all will accept His salvation.

Anonymous said...

6:49--
Proverbs 3:11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline or be weary of his reproof,

Shall I keep going 6:49 I could sit here all day and quote from the Bible on this topic. Don't doubt me. I speak the truth unlike the fake sinner you people call pastors. Liars all of them. Telling you what you want to hear and not what you need to hear. They and you will burn in hell unless you stop your sinning immoral ways. God hates your ugly and He WILL and IS punishing accordingly. Nothing happens without God's approval.

Anonymous said...

6:45. Stop calling it a different journey. It's sinning committed by sinners. The Bible says you ONLY have compassion when the sinner confesses and strives to do better. If they don't they are shunned until they change their ways. This is the problem with you people. You really don't know the Bible. You have allowed it to be twisted to suit your own ways and this makes God angry. REAL Christians do not pick and choose what parts of the Bible they want to follow. It's all or nothing. That is why if you vote democrat you are only lying if you say you are a Christian. If alone for nothing else the democrat platform to accept and even help participate in same sex marriage. A REAL Christian believes marriage is a Holy sacrament between a man and a women. You vote democrat and you are going to hell unless you confess and don't ever do it again. I know you people can't stand hearing the truth. It burns you up but someone needs to tell it to you and get you to stop following these fake sinner pastors. They are evil and are only making others evil with them.

Anonymous said...

Stephaine stop being vanditive

Anonymous said...

Smh

Unknown said...

Suck ass bitch she doesn't have to stoop that low get your facts straight bitch

Fuck you said...

She doesn't have to stoop that low you stupid bitch get your facts straight bitch say your name Billy bad ass

Fuck you said...

Suck ass bitch she doesn't have to stoop that low get your facts straight bitch

Anonymous said...

Y'all playing and that's gonna make them take these real comments about the real killers as a joke gtfu

Anonymous said...

You said three had a gun but only named two who is the third one?

Anonymous said...

5:54 stores are legal have permits do Jesse

Anonymous said...

Ralph probably wasn't in sight becuz he has a warrant out.

Anonymous said...

ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE!!!! SO I GUESS YOU ALL ARE THE SINNERS 💯💯💯... JESSE COPES IS A GREAT AMAZING MAN N EVERY TIME HE WENT TO PRISON WAS FOR ANOTHER MAN SO FOH TALKING WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW IT'S CALLED FACTS AND I PRAY TO GOD HE SUE THE HELL OUT OF THIS STATE..... AND FOR PEOPLE TO BE SAYING FREE JR. TELL WHAT YOU SEEN SO THAT MAN CAN COME HOME N GRIEVE PEACEFULLY N NOT BEHIND BARS!!!! THAT WAS HIS COUSIN N PLUS HE DON'T SHOOT N FOR THE PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM KNW WHAT HE DOES.....FACTS OUUUUUU

Anonymous said...

You are the devil but talking like you love god!!!! Remember only GOD can judge

Anonymous said...

Lmao this woman's family just loss a mother to her son n daughter to her mother n a sister to her sistet n y'all being dumb this world is full of 💩

Anonymous said...

Foh!!!!

Anonymous said...

Big facts

Anonymous said...

Man it's a time for playing n a time to be serious this woman will never be a mother to her son.... a daughter to her mother nor a sister to her sister..... y'all mfers should be a shame of y'all selves foh

Anonymous said...

"You said three had a gun but only named two who is the third one?"

Marcellus Ginn

Anonymous said...

This whole situation is crazy

Anonymous said...

😂😂😂😂😂

Anonymous said...

Foh u are a dumb ass bitch FACTS👊

There's HOPE IN DOPE said...
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Anonymous said...

7:31 There you FAKE Christians go again. You are WRONG as usual. These "churches" you people go to aren't REAL churches at all. Your so called "pastors" are nothing but liars. Don't you be praying as you are clueless. The Bible says for true believers to judge. Judging is NOT left up to God. The Bible in numerous passages says to judge righteously. So stop with the nonsense that "only God can judge". It's just more of your lies you can't stop doing. Either that or the "church" you attend and whoever is preaching is a fake.

Anonymous said...

I don't know who this jack ass is but where did u get all ur info from about how black people grow up....I can't stand a messy ass person

Anonymous said...

If y'all weren't there then just shut up.....seriously.....so much to say about everything instead of viewing ur own family

Anonymous said...

Smh

Anonymous said...

7:31 sounds like Jesse a dumb person going to jail for another man.

Anonymous said...

You are fucking dumb you bitch ass anonoymous mfer stay in your lane cuz you don't knw shit about him n the truth set him free he is home so for all y'all bad talking mfers shut the fuck up n put a dick in your mouth... he didn't have to say shit cuz God had his back like the people who know him been saying #godisagoodgod

Anonymous said...

This has to be the most absurd comment I have ever seen on here, and I have seen some ridiculous ones. First off if you are a Christian than you should know damn well it isn't up to you to decide who is accepted by Christ. Second, you can shove your B.S. statistics up your rear end. What the hell does being born out of wedlock, being a Christian, being black, or being a Democrat have anything to do with someone just deciding to be violent? I dont know any of the people involved in this tragedy, but I am pretty sure that the blame belongs solely to the person (whoever that may be, as I will let the justice system sort out) who decided to shoot a gun into a crowd at some parking lot. Third shouldn't this just be a place to send thoughts and prayers to the victims loved ones? Not to just start some racist argument... sad

Anonymous said...

well he is out found he had nothing to do with it. now lets find the real killer(s)

Anonymous said...

11:18 he will be back in it was written.

Anonymous said...

You Porch Monkeys need to clean up your foul mouths. It is sad you exist in this world with the brain damage you obviously have. Someone should have been there when you where born and cracked you in the head with a hammer. Educate yourselves and get a job please.

Anonymous said...

11:53 like the movie cold creek manor said they used hammer to kill sheep

There's HOPE IN DOPE said...

I wish these shooters would start hitting the right target.Amerture ass thugs need just kill they self

There's HOPE IN DOPE said...

Google were humans started then Google if whites have nigga in there blood for all you white folks check your history there is no such thing as pure white

There's HOPE IN DOPE said...

You dum ass whites get off your high horse you have African in your DNA ask Google

There's HOPE IN DOPE said...

Sorry buddy but pitch monkey is in you DNA google it buddy were does all races originate from better yet get a test it will show you that you have porch monkey in you

Anonymous said...

Rodney Christopher

Anonymous said...

Dumb ass cunt