Trio of Florida Fugitives Commit Crimes in Rowan County. Sheriff’s Office Arrests One Tuesday Morning in Rockwell

Posted on November 22, 2017



RFP Staff

♦ In a scene out of a “True Crime” story from the 30’s: “I was a Fugitive from the Chain Gang”, a trio of Florida fugitives escaped from Wakulla County Jail in Crawfordsville, Florida.  Casey Brandon Martina, 25, Donald James Cotterman, 44, and Joel Teraill Cooper, 43, all fled through the Wakulla County Jail’s law library ceiling and jumped from the roof to the ground.

Wakulla County Jail, Crawfordsville, Florida:

This past Monday the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that one of the fugitives Casey Brandon Martina was hiding out in a trailer at 140 Austin Street in Rockwell. At 1 a.m. Monday Sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter around home before Martina surrendered and was taken into custody. Under a secured $260,000 bond, he is now in the Rowan County Detention Center.

Casey Brandon Martina:

Charges Casey Brandon Martina:

140 Austin Street, Rockwell, N.C.:

Location 140 Austin Street, Rockwell, N.C.:

A Jeep Cherokee, stolen in Virginia, was found at the Austin Street home. Now the other two jailbreak suspects Cotterman and Cooper are the focus of a manhunt by Sheriff’s Office detectives and Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office investigators.

Prior to Martina’s arrest, detectives determined that a 2007 Pacifica Sedona RV was stolen from the Peeler Road area. All three fugitives are alleged to be involved in the theft. Evidence also suggests that the three Florida fugitives were involved in several property crimes in Virginia, Georgia, and Rowan County.

2007 Pacifica Sedona RV:

Cotterman and Cooper may be involved in firearms thefts. Both suspects were said to be together in Rowan County. Prior to Martina’s arrest, the two remaining fugitives were last together with Martina in Statesville. Cotterman and Cooper may be traveling West out of North Carolina

Wanted Donald James Cotterman:

Wanted Joel Teraill Cooper:

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Donald James Cotterman and Joel Teraill Cooper is requested to call Rowan County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 704-216-8686, or Rowan Communications at 704-216-8500. If you fear retribution, want to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward of up to $1,000, information can be submitted 24/7 via the web: http://tips.salisburyrowancrimestoppers.org/or by calling the Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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