Three arrested on attempted murder charges following Worcester Co. incident

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L to R: Cannon, Fortt, Worley

NEWARK, Md. – Three people are behind bars on attempted murder and other related charges following an incident Monday night in Newark.

Shortly before 10 p.m., troopers responded to a 911 call regarding a subject with possible gunshot wounds at 10022 Hayes Landing Road. Officers arrived on scene and found 26-year-old Joseph Cooper III suffering from traumatic injuries to his head.

Cooper was taken by MSP helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was released on Tuesday, and police say Cooper did not sustain injuries from a gunshot.

Further investigation revealed that three subjects, identified as 31-year-old Kimberly Worley, 27-year-old Avontae Fortt, and 31-year-old Jaquan Cannon, went to the Hayes Landing Road address to purchase a PlayStation from Cooper. During the exchange, Fortt reportedly hit Cooper in the back of the head with a pistol while also firing several rounds from the gun. The subject then fled the scene in a white Chevrolet Impala.

A broadcast was given to surrounding jurisdictions for the suspect vehicle. At around 10:30 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack and the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office located a vehicle matching the description traveling on northbound Route 13 in Salisbury. After failing to stop, the suspect vehicle was pursued by law enforcement, but failed to control its speed and collided with a fence in the area of Liberty Street and Route 13 at roughly 10:45 p.m.

Fortt reportedly assaulted Wicomico County deputies during the arrest but eventually was taken into custody, along with Worley and Cannon. A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of illegal narcotics and a loaded 9mm handgun.

Worley was arrested on numerous warrants including burglary, assault, and trespassing in Wicomico County, as well as burglary and theft in Worcester County. She was additionally charged with convicted felon in possession of a firearm, loaded handgun in a vehicle, CDS possession not marijuana, first and second degree attempted murder, first and second degree assault, and reckless endangerment. She is being held without bond.

Cannon was arrested on an outstanding warrant for burglary, trespassing, and assault in Wicomico County. He was also charged with a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, loaded handgun in vehicle, and CDS possession not marijuana, and is being held without bond.

Fortt was charged with convicted felon in possession of a firearm, loaded handgun in a vehicle, assault on a police officer, CDS possession not marijuana, attempted first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, and reckless endangerment. He is being held without bond.

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