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A recently-released criminal complaint against Demiteras Cooper alleges the murder of Johnathon Harris (pictured above) happened because of an argument about leaving Harris behind at a bar...
Police say on February 20 Cooper and another guy (not named in the complaint) went to an unnamed bar in Cooper's "distinctive vehicle." The mind leaps to create a picture of what a distinctive vehicle might look like, but no further details are provided by the criminal complaint. But not only does Cooper have a "distinctive vehicle," he also has a distinctive street name. He goes by "09." JNS blog is not sure if that's pronounced "zero nine" or "oh nine" or even (quite possibly) "zero niner."
When Cooper and the other guy left the bar, there was an argument about leaving Harris behind but Cooper left Harris behind anyway. The argument grew intense to the point Cooper and the other guy were in a physical altercation, apparently right near 2017 Hillside Ave. N. After the altercation Cooper reportedly drove off and the other guy went inside the house on Hillside. Later, somehow, Harris also made his way back to the house on Hillside Ave. N.
Some time later, Cooper and an alleged co-conspirator (which this blog will, perhaps for reasons of pure whimsy and quirkiness, nickname "Dashaunta" pulled up to the house on Hillside and went inside to continue the arguing, fighting and unpleasant back-and-forth. A number of witnesses say Cooper is "related" to the co-conspirator.
Inside the house, apparently while Cooper and Dashaunta were facing off against the other guy, Johnathon Harris stepped forth and made an attempt to "pat down" Dashaunta. This was apparently an attempt by Harris at peacekeeping, at making sure no weapons would be involved in the argument. The Bible says "blessed are the peacekeepers," but in a third "tragedy of Biblical proportions" in our troubled neighborhood Dashaunta pulled out a pistol and shot Harris in the chest from a distance of 2 or 3 feet. So much for peacemaking.
Witnesses say Harris was not armed and was not attempting to fight with Dashaunta. After shooting Harris, Dashaunta pointed the gun at "numerous individuals" in the house and told them not to move. Cooper and Dashaunta fled the murder scene in Cooper's distinctive vehicle.
With no adherence whatsoever to that whole stupid "snitches get stitches" thing, numerous individuals identified Cooper, Dashaunta and the "distinctive vehicle." Later, police arrested Cooper near the "distinctive vehicle" (no doubt Cooper is now cursing its distinctiveness!) but Dashaunta the alleged triggerman is still at large.
In regard to his whereabouts, the smart money is on Cook County, Illinois, a/k/a the "thug motherland."