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Police Make Sixth Arrest in Kidnapping and Robbery

Detectives with the Frederick Police Department have made a sixth arrest in the January 2014 armed robbery and kidnapping, which occurred in the area of E 16th Street and N East Street.
Dawson, Smith, Cooke (Pictured Above Left to Right)
Dawson, Smith, Cooke (Pictured Above Left to Right)
FREDERICK, Md. - Detectives with the Frederick Police Department have made a sixth arrest in the January 2014 armed robbery and kidnapping, which occurred in the area of E 16th Street and N East Street. 

Officers say on March 4, 2014 a Frederick County Maryland Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Mera Nichole Fraley in her involvement in the case. 

Fraley was arrested in Washington, D.C. over the weekend and was held as a fugitive from Maryland pending an extradition hearing in Washington D.C. 

Subsequent to the extradition hearing, detectives say they took custody of Fraley Monday evening and transported her back to Frederick County, Maryland. 

Fraley was taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, where she was being held pending an initial appearance. 

Police say Fraley marks the sixth person to be arrested in this case. Others arrested in this case are Darryl Lee Cooke Jr., 18, Tayquan Cornell Palmer, 18, Jerrell Isaiah Smith, 18, Najee Edward Dawson, 20, and Hailee Lynn Baker, 20, all of Frederick. 

In addition to the armed robbery case, Fraley was wanted by the Frederick Police Department on two other outstanding warrants after failing to appear in court for charges of drug possession and theft. 

In total Fraley is charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of robbery, first-degree assault, theft less than $1,000, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit theft less than $1,000. 

Police continue to investigate this case and say there could be other suspects. 

"There's always a possibly that there are others involved in the incident. That's why we want to make sure based on information that's still coming in regards to the incident that every aspect is investigated to ensure the public that everyone involved in this incident has been accounted for and charged in the incident," Detective Steve Petruzzello, Frederick Police Department. 


As you may recall, the arrests stem from an incident on January 9, 2014 where police say the group blocked the victim with their vehicle in the area of E 16th Street. The group then excited the vehicle and approached him with handguns. 

The victim was then taken, against his will, back to his apartment on Stratford Way. The male victim was able to get away from the suspects and flee the apartment, which caused the group to fire several shots into the door of the victim's apartment. 

Officers arrested Dawson, Cooke, Smith and Baker that day in January following a vehicle pursuit that ended on Ballenger Creek Pike. All are facing a slew of charges in connection to the crime. 

"With so many suspects involved in the incident, we're still trying to establish to be 100 percent sure as to why this occurred. Obviously, it appears a plan was developed in regards to the robbery and kidnapping," said Petruzzello. 

During the course of the investigation it was also determined that the victim and suspects knew one another, and it was not a random act. Police say there is no information at this time linking the incident in relation to gang activity. 


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