Suspect in Cortlandville Drug Robbery Arraigned on 22 County Indictment
One the five suspects involved in a home invasion robbery in the Town of Cortlandville back in early October was arraigned in County Court Tuesday on a 22 count indictment.
22 year old Dominique Coker of Syracuse appeared in Cortland County Court Tuesday where he pled not guilty to the charges. Coker is facing multiple counts of burglary and robbery; in addition to assault, grand larceny, conspiracy, strangulation, menacing, endangering the welfare of a child, weapons possession, and petit larceny.
Back on October 4th Coker along with 22 year old Gennessa Thomas of Johnson City, 36 year old Adam Gregg of Cortland, Crytstal Drake and 28 year old Devon Williams are accused of entering an apartment at the Homestsead apartment complex and physically assaulting a man and woman living there.
The suspects stabbed the woman several times in the back of her legs, causing non-life threatening injuries; the woman was also struck in the face several times as well.
The group is also accused of threatening to harm the victim’s 4 year old daughter.
During the robbery the suspects stole $3 thousand dollars in cash and the couple’s cell phones. The group fled the scene in a vehicle that was later stopped on Church Street by the Cortland City Police.
According to statements to police the robbery was the result of a drug deal gone bad, the victims apparently had sought to purchase a quantity of cocaine from Williams, but later refused to pay for the drugs.
Coker was sent back to the Cortland County jail on $10 thousand dollars cash or $20 thousand dollars bond and is due in court at a later date.