Wayne County District Attorney Patrick L. Robinson is asking for the public’s help in locating wanted fugitive Steven A. Cooper, 19, of Mount Pocono, PA. After a continuing and thorough investigation, Cooper was developed as the fifth suspect in a homicide that occurred in Lehigh Township, Wayne County, PA on December 8, 2017.
On December 8, 2017, Joseph Keith Stengline, Sr. was beaten and stomped to death by the five individuals who entered his home to rob and assault the home’s occupants.
The elder Stengline was kicked repeatedly, causing a skull fracture and subdural hematoma. He died five (5) days later in the hospital.
The four other homicide defendants, Coneil “Murda” Moore, Lewis “Ricky” Tucker, Jr., Darian “Smoove” Daniels and Kevin “Kas” Jordan have each had their preliminary hearings and have been bound over on all charges for trial. Currently, they are all facing charges of First and Second Degree Murder, Robbery, Burglary, Aggravated Assault, three (3) counts of Simple Assault, and Conspiracy to commit each of those crimes.
Cooper is known to frequent the Mount Pocono and Tannersville area of Monroe County, PA. The public’s assistance in locating Cooper is requested. As a reminder, hindering apprehension is a violation of the law. Anyone with information as to Cooper’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Wayne County Detectives at (570) 229-1204.
The filing of criminal charges in not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Commonwealth against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the Commonwealth has proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant enters a guilty plea to the charges.