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Suspect Arrested for January 2021 Gaithersburg Homicide

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Jakel Delante Stone, age 31, of Glen Burnie, with the January 10, 2021, second-degree murder of 25-year-old Darius Cooper.

On January 10, 2021, at approximately 6:11 p.m., MCPD and Gaithersburg officers responded to the report of a shooting in an apartment building parking lot in the unit block of South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg. Officers located Cooper suffering from a gunshot wound.  Cooper was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Medical Examiner ruled the manner of death a homicide and the cause of death a gunshot wound.

Witnesses told detectives that they had observed the unknown suspect and victim fighting in the parking lot when a gunshot was heard.  The suspect then fled from the area.

Evidence from the scene was collected and submitted to the MCPD Crime Laboratory for analysis.  That evidence contained DNA belonging to Stone.

Yesterday, June 15, Stone was arrested in Anne Arundel County on the strength of a criminal warrant for second-degree murder.  Stone was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.

Jakel StoneJakel Stone (Original Image)

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Release ID: 21-231
Media Contact: Sergeant Rebecca Innocenti 
Categories: homicide