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Gun theft suspect also faces charges in Robbery and Child Abuse case

Kooper Cavender reacts as he hears charges read against him during his initial appearance at Natrona County Circuit Court on Friday, August 30, 2019, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A man suspected of breaking into a locked pickup truck and stealing a firearm, also faces unrelated charges in a Mills child abuse case, where a juvenile was beaten, robbed, and video of the incident was posted on social media.

Kooper Cavender, age 20, was arrested in the morning hours of August 29, 2019 by the Casper Police Department. At the time, a CPD affidavit filed in the case accused Cavender of breaking into a locked vehicle and stealing a Kimber KS6 .357 revolver.

During Cavender’s initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court, he was also charged with crimes relating to a June incident, where a juvenile was beaten and robbed, while being video recorded by other individuals.

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Another suspect, 18-year-old Nick Fenton, was arrested on July 20, 2019; and was given charges including Aggravated Assault and Child Abuse in the incident. Cavender is being given similar charges in the incident.

Cavender faces recommended charges of Aiding and Abetting Robbery, Aiding and Abetting Child Abuse, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, and Conspiracy to Commit Child Abuse.

All of the charges Cavender has been given in the July 20 incident are described as felonies.

On July 20, 2019; at approximately 1:14 am; officers from the Mills PD and deputies from the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 4400 block of Dodge Street, in Mills, for a request for a welfare check.

Several parties had reported a young male, approximately 14 or 15 years old, had been assaulted near the Mills neighborhood.

“Multiple witnesses to the assault, as well as video evidence, showed that the suspect had approached the victim unprovoked and confronted him,” a Mills PD press release said in July.

Alleged video of the incident was posted to social media, following the incident.

Mills Police investigators say that a man matching Cavender’s description could be seen in the video removing the victim’s belt, while the victim was kicked in the head by another assailant. Fenton is accused of removing the victim’s shoes.

An affidavit filed in the case says that Cavender can be seen in the video, “using physical force, specifically his right arm between [the victim’s] neck and shoulder, holding [the victim] on the ground and forcing the belt off…”

Cavender was reported to still be in custody Tuesday morning, September 3, 2019.

Cavender was also arrested in July of 2018. After his arrest, Cavender was recommended for of charges of Aggravated Burglary and Child Endangering. At the time, Casper Police say that Cavender admitted to going out with a 13-year-old juvenile and burglarizing multiple vehicles, and stealing a firearm.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.