Fort Worth police have arrested what a detective called “one of the most dangerous and violent” robbery suspects he has ever encountered.
Donovin Copeland was taken into custody on Saturday after robbery detectives received information leading to his whereabouts, according to a news release on the department’s Facebook page.
Copeland was apprehended without incident at an apartment near the 6200 block of Vega Drive in southwest Fort Worth, along with his 21-year-old brother, Billy.
Before the arrests, members of the FWPD Intel, Fugitive, and SWAT units surveilled the apartment allegedly being used by Copeland.
After seeing two males whom police identified as Donovin and Billy Copeland entering a car and attempting to leave the complex, officers approached them and proceeded with the arrests.
The Copeland brothers were transported to the Robbery Unit office and then booked in the FWPD jail.
Billy Copeland was allegedly in possession of a handgun that had been stolen by Donovin Copeland during one of his robberies, police said. He is being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and harboring a fugitive.
The police also discovered a rifle during their subsequent search of the apartment where the two suspects were staying.
As police continue to investigate, more charges may be forthcoming.
Police suspect Copeland of four aggravated armed robberies committed from December 7, 2022, to January 11, 2023. Three of them were carried out alone and all involved him allegedly firing a gun.
“He is one of the most dangerous and violent individuals I’ve seen,” said Detective Brian Raynsford to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Raynsford has been investigating robberies for 12 years with the Fort Worth Police Department.
One of the robberies believed to have been committed by Copeland took place at a convenience store on January 2. He allegedly opened fire at the store located at 6001 N. Main Street in Fort Worth, killing the store clerk’s small dog before stealing her car.
The store clerk, Jacki Anderson, commented on the incident in a written statement that read:
“My baby girl was my best friend, and that store that I can no longer step foot in after practically living there for nine years was my life. All those people I saw every day that I can no longer speak to because I don’t want to relive it.”
Her car was recovered the next day in west Fort Worth.
As Fort Worth police catch one of their most wanted suspects, Dallas police continue to struggle against crime on the other side of the metroplex, with limited support from the city council and other elected leaders.
To date, there have been 476 violent crimes reported in the city of Dallas this year, according to the Dallas Crime Analytic Dashboard.
The district performing worst is District 11, represented by The Dallas Express Crime Boss of the Month Jaynie Schultz, which saw an 18.16% spike in crime year-over-year for December.