Convicted rapist who skipped town arrested in Michigan
Booking photo of Stanley James Cooper (courtesy Kent County, Mich., jail)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (FOX13) -
Convicted West Memphis rapist Stanley James Cooper, who skipped out of his own trial Wednesday, turned himself into police in Grand Rapids, Mich., early Friday morning.
When the 46-year-old defendant, who was out on bond, failed to show up in Crittenden County Circuit Court in Marion Wednesday, the trial continued. After deliberation a jury found Carter guilty on three charges of rape.
The judge presiding over the trial issued a warrant for Carter's arrest.
Upon checking his West Memphis home, law enforcement said he had not been seen since Tuesday evening.
At some point law enforcement learned that Cooper had connections in West Michigan and reached out to the Grand Rapids Police Department. The West Memphis Police Department informed them that Cooper may be in the city.
Cooper was booked into the Kent County Jail in Grand Rapids and will await extradition back to Marion.
Crittenden County Crimestoppers was offering a $2,000 reward for Carter's capture.