The 18-year-old was arrested Saturday afternoon in connection with a string of armed robberies in and around Fort Worth, including one in which a dog was shot dead by a mugger.
Donovin Copeland was jailed in Fort Worth on Saturday on charges of aggravated assault from Fort Worth; charges of assault, auto theft, and criminal disorderly conduct outside the White Settlement; and charges of drug possession and firearm theft outside of Parker County. Police said additional aggravated robbery charges are expected in Fort Worth and Saginaw.
His brother, 21-year-old Billy Don Copeland, was also arrested and charged with harboring and illegal possession of firearms.
It was unclear if Donovin Copeland had a lawyer. Billy Copeland’s two lawyers named in court records could not be contacted for comment.
According to KXAS-TV (NBC5), Donovyn Copeland has been a suspect in at least four robberies since December:
- On December 7, a man matching his description shot a convenience store clerk in Saginaw. The bandit took the money and the car of the clerk, the clerk was not injured.
- On December 27, two people were involved in a robbery of a game room near the 100th block of Longhorn Road in Fort Worth. One of them beat the victim with a gun before taking the money and car.
- On January 3, a man robbed a store in the 6000 block of North Main Street in Fort Worth and stole a clerk’s car. CCTV footage shows the shooter approaching the clerk and shooting at a small dog walking towards him.
- On Wednesday, a man reportedly shot into the ceiling of a convenience store on the 100 block of Longhorn Road in Fort Worth and then stole cash and a clerk’s car.
At a press conference on Friday, Detective Brian Rainsford said the victims’ vehicles were all found at various locations in West Fort Worth, NBC5 reported.
Fort Worth police said the brothers were arrested around noon Saturday after getting into a car at an apartment complex on the 6200 block of Vega Drive. Police said Billy Copeland had a gun stolen during one of the robberies, and officers seized the rifle during a search of the apartment.