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Two suspects have been arrested and charged by Fort Worth police in connection with a convenience store robbery that left a dog dead about two weeks ago. Let’s see the incident in detail.
Who are Donovin Copeland and Billy Don Copeland?
Donovin Copeland, 18, and his brother Billy Don Copeland, 21, were arrested Saturday when robbery detectives discovered Donovin Copeland’s whereabouts. He is wanted for multiple aggravated robberies. He was allegedly at an apartment in southwest Fort Worth near the 6200 block of Vega Drive. Two people were seen leaving the apartment in a car after checking the area.
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— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) January 15, 2023
Officers approached them at that point and found the Copelands, who were quickly taken into custody. According to authorities, Billy Copeland had a revolver on him at the time, which his brother had taken during one of his robberies. After a thorough search of the apartment, a rifle was also found.
Both were taken into custody by the Fort Worth Police Department. Billy Copeland is charged with harboring a fugitive and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
More charges may be filed as the investigation continues, according to police. In response to an aggravated robbery, Fort Worth Police were called to Sunny’s Market at 6001 N. Main Street around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, January 2nd.
On Thursday, FWPD released security footage showing the suspect’s attempt to reach the cash register as Peyote, the officer’s dog, approached him.
The suspect is shot and dies as the Bean tries to protect its owner. The man is then shown waving a gun at the clerk on video as he removes an undisclosed amount of money from the register and places it in a money bag. The employee’s car keys also appear to have been taken from a pocketbook by the suspect.
A 12-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department’s Robbery Investigation Unit, Detective Brian Rainsford, says he’s never seen a criminal like this.
“He is one of the most dangerous and cruel people I have ever seen.”
Donovin Copeland was previously arrested three times in 2017: on Sept. 9 in Denton County on charges of unlicensed use of a vehicle, unlicensed use of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence; on Oct. 30 in Parker County when he fled from a deputy after the officer found a gun and drugs in his car; and again on Nov. 17 in White Settlement on charges of assaulting a woman at a motel.
The dog “Peanut” was shot and killed on the spot.
Jackie Anderson, the store clerk, told KXAS-TV that she had owned Peanut the dog for 12 years.
Anderson told the NBC station in a written statement,
“Everyone says I’m lucky to have my life, but he almost stole it from me right then,”
“My baby girl was my best friend and this store, which I can step into more after practically living there for nine years, was my life. All these people I used to see every day that I can’t talk to anymore because I don’t want to go through it again.
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