J.W. Coop- Predator Extraordinaire
This story may seem like it’s right out of Law and Order, but it’s all true. Every word. Below is the police affidavit written after J.W. Coop’s last fraudulent relationship.
This man is a predator. Please beware.
[This report is intended to support and aid in the investigation against Mr. Coop for violation of California Penal Code sections, including but not limited to: 186.2, 484, 487, 503 and 506.]
I met the defendant, J.W. Coop, January 20, 2008 at a 12-step meeting in Fresno, California. He stated that he was retired and spent most of his days and nights on his home computer helping his daughter Liz, who lived in Del Rio, Texas manage his Cattle Ranch, trucking business, and oil wells, along with being a professional rodeo cowboy. I shared with Mr. Coop that I owned a horse and if he were ever bored, I would be open to him exercising my horse. The following day Mr. Coop and I went out to my horse; afterwards I invited him to my house for coffee. On or around January 27th, Mr. Coop began to call me on my cell phone and also visit with me after AA meetings, we then began to meet for coffee at my home.
During these visits, Mr. Coop shared that his daughter “Liz” was a Veterinarian in Texas and that his personal Attorney was a Federal Judge (Mr. Calhoun). He would boast about his relationship with Mr. Calhoun and how he only had to make a call to him and he would “get things done.” It was during this time frame that Mr. Coop explained to me that he was court ordered to attend AA due to a DUI which happened in conjunction with his last marriage break up ten months earlier. His explanation of the marriage dissolution was that his ex-wife had cheated on him & had accused him of striking her. He further stated that it was simply his roping bag that had brushed her hand as he picked it up to was escape her home. As I explain below, everything Mr. Coop told me and that I have described so far is false.
Within eight days of our coffee conversation Mr. Coop began professing that he loved me.
Mr. Coop wore a cell phone on his right hip which he had (appeared to have) frequent conversations on. The phone was always on vibrate mode. Mr. Coop explained to me that the phone had a “special privacy feature” that muted the voice of the other talker so that others could not over-hear the conversations. He stated he used this so that no one would hear the important and confidential conversations he was having with his Attorney, daughter or business associates.
He also explained to me that he was a Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War and served as Special Forces and that he was a trained killer and could break a person’s skull with one punch to the eye.
By early February, Mr. Coop would not leave my presence while I was home. He told me that he would move into my home and out of his Townhouse located on Millbrook Avenue in Fresno (which I had never visited). When he did move in, he only brought toiletries and clothing; no furniture or other possessions. He explained that his adopted daughter “Tammy” from Tehachapi would take care of removing the furniture and he would pay the two months remaining on the lease. He stated he would have Mr. Calhoun take care of everything. Later Mr. Coop would comment to me that “I had asked” him to move in, and that he had lost money due to this move, which if the relationship ended, I would owe him. He next began talking of marriage.
After Mr. Coop moved into my home, his phone calls to me while I was not with him increased to the point of obsessive. He required that I call him several times during my drive to work. If the phone rang more than once he would interrogate me about who I was talking to on the phone. I was required to call when I parked my car upon arriving at work, and again when I arrived at my desk; cell phones are not permitted in my place of employment. He would then leave me messages on my cell phone to call him as soon as I got to my car so that he would “know I was safe.” He also instructed me that I was not to stop anywhere on my way home.
Mr. Coop’s monitoring of my movements increased dramatically upon his moving in. He instructed me to not answer my phone without outside of his presence and he would listen in on every phone conversation. He would check my cell phone for who I had placed calls to and received calls from while I was away to work. He stated that if I did make calls or check messages outside his presence that I would “suffer repercussions.” I believed this to mean that I would be physically hurt. He stated that his previous two wives had cheated on him and he did not feel it appropriate that I talk with men. He also prohibited me from hugging any man, even friends I had for years. He stated this was not allowed if I was “in a full relationship with him.” I was not allowed to go anywhere without Mr. Coop, except to work, and no one was allowed to visit my home. Mr. Coop began exhibiting an explosive temper and the explosions became more and more frequent. He instructed me not to listen to my cell phone messages unless he was present.
Shortly after Mr. Coop moved into my home he began telling me that he had directed “Mr. Calhoun” to set up a college fund for my 24 year old daughter. He described a detailed plan of moving asset’s from his oil well proceeds to a special account directed only for my daughter. He began stating that he also had Mr. Calhoun change his personal estate plan and Will to name me as his power of attorney in case something unforeseen should happen to him. He began asking me about my estate planning and Will, and started directing me to contact my attorney to make the same changes for him. He stated that I should include that if anything should happen to me that he would be allowed to stay in my home, in addition that he be responsible for distribution of my assets to my daughter.
Approximately one week after moving in, Mr. Coop began having (or at least appearing to have) phone conversations with a “past friend” regarding the truck he was driving. According to Mr. Coop, the truck had been surrendered to him for partial payment by his friend Donnie who had been his “Bull-Dogging” partner in the rodeo. Mr. Coop stated that Donnie had stolen money from him and used his horse, “Bugs,” without his authority. He also stated that he had bailed Donnie out of jail and two bankruptcies in the past 30 years. Mr. Coop stated that Donnie was a poor money manager and because he had been such a long time friend, and Mr. Coop was such a generous man, when his truck broke down Mr. Coop gave him the Ford truck back. Despite what he told me, this same truck was the truck Mr. Coop drove up in at my home the morning of April 3, 2008, when Police served him with the emergency restraining order. According to Mr. Coop, Donnie was to make payments of $100.00 per month through Mr. Calhoun. In addition, Donnie “had property around his ranch in Texas” that he was to sign over to Mr. Coop stating the value at $750,000.00. He said his son-in-law, “Jeremy,” had buyers from the bay area that were interested in purchasing the property and once escrow had closed he decided he would split the money between me and my daughter in trust accounts he “already established.”
Mr. Coop soon began to pressure me into purchasing a new large truck so that “I” would be safe on the roads traveling to and from work. He had me take him to Lithia Dodge in Fresno where Mr. Coop negotiated for his specifications for the truck. He had me write a check for $10,000 from my money market fund to Lithia Dodge as a down payment on the new Dodge 2500 series. I was pre-approved for an auto loan up to 75k. Mr. Coop insisted that I process the loan and get the check from the Credit Union on March 27, 2008, so that when the vehicle arrived he could pick it up and have “accessories added.” I protested and said that I did not want to release the funds to the dealer until the truck arrived and he promptly told me “he” was “in charge of the finances” and insisted that I have the check processed. He took me to the Credit Union and then took the check from me and gave it to Lithia Dodge (in my presence).
Within a few days after going out to my horse, Mr. Coop stated that he would have to charge me for the ‘training’ of my horse as he was a “horse whisperer” and the techniques he would teach me would be invaluable. He was willing to give me a discount and only charge $400.00 per month. His reasoning for the charge was that his daughter would be upset with him if he had not charged me. He then recalled an alleged phone conversation between his daughter and himself. He stated that he had charged her $5,000.00 per horse. I paid Mr. Coop $400.00 dollars cash on 2/29/08. Within days Mr. Coop was asking for payment for the entire year equaling $4,400.00 which, I paid on March 3, 2008.
Mr. Coop spoke frequently of his large ranch and how he would see to it that I retire in two years. He would buy a “Provost Bus” so that we could drive to Texas and visit his 20,000 square foot home and visit his grandchildren, who lived only a few hundred yards away. He also shared that his granddaughter, “Chasity,” had completed bone marrow treatment as an infant and her hair had still not grown back right, now age seven. He also stated he had loaned his son-in-law, Jeremy Frost, one million dollars to start his own construction business.
Mr. Coop started pressuring me about my choice of clothing and stated that I was not to wear anything that showed my chest and that my under garments were inappropriate, I needed to wear things so men would not look at me. He insisted that we stop attending AA meetings due to men’s attention on me. Since Mr. Coop had been court ordered to attend regular AA meetings he began signing his attendance slips himself. Several times, referring to my breasts, Mr. Coop very seriously stated, “those are mine.”
In March, Mr. Coop presented me with an engagement ring (small gold band with five small diamonds) and stated that this was temporary until he “was able to get his mothers $250,000.00 ring cleaned and made to fit my hand.” (He repeated this, and many other of his false statements, to my long time friends, Scott & Dyhane Hawkins, on March 23, 2008).
Mr. Coop then started talking about all of the assets he had put into accounts for me and my daughter and that I should open credit card accounts with both of our names. He insisted on the American Express card with the cash advance benefit. He then told me that “Mr. Calhoun” was cashing out one of the million dollar annuities from his parents, grandparent and deceased wife’s life insurance policies, and he would use money from this to pay off the credit cards. He stated he would be receiving $700,000.00 in August 2008, and would pay off all my other bills and my house. Subsequently, Mr. Coop took $10,000 in cash advances without my knowledge or permission. I made reports to the card issuer of the fraud.
On March 18, 2008, Mr. Coop called me at work and told me that I had a lot of explaining to do when I got home. When I arrived, he confronted me very angrily and accused me of being a “liar and fucking whore.” Mr. Coop had been looking through my personal things and came across my journals. His yelling and verbal abuse continued late into the night and he would not stop until I admitted if/when I had a relationship with certain people prior to our meeting in January 2008. Mr. Coop, then demanded that I stay home from work until “he could trust me.” He demanded and forced me to delete all phone numbers in my cell phone and remove all photos in my home along with personal belongings. This included destroying or disposing of any pictures, mementos from/of men friends, associate or acquaintances. I complied because I was terrified at what Mr. Coop would do to me, if I did not follow his demands. I did not return to work until April 1, 2008, nor did Mr. Coop leave my side until that day. He literally sobbed the morning I left for work.
Mr. Coop continued to insist that I apply for credit cards and put his name on them, assuring me that Mr. Calhoun was sending him money from the Oil Wells and that he would pay off the cards. Mr. Coop would appear to have multiple conversations throughout the day with both “Mr. Calhoun” and his daughter. He would talk of trips with his grandchildren to Disneyland and flying my daughter out so that she can meet them.
My 88 year old father was living in a board and care home and it was part of my weekly schedule to visit him on Sundays, taking him to visit my mother’s gravesite and take him to lunch or an ice cream. Mr. Coop insisted that my father needed a better place to live and that he would pay for him to move into a better facility. Because I believe Mr. Coop’s lies of money and feared what he would do to me if I did not do as he asked, I moved my father to another facility costing $3,040.00 per month knowing that my father only received $980.00 per month. Mr. Coop shared that my father was entitled to other benefits through the VA, SSA and pension and that he would cover the additional cost until all benefits were granted to my father. Mr. Coop and I moved my father on Saturday, March 29, 2008.
Mr. Coop began telling me he was going to “help a neighbor’s grandson,” ‘Tim,’ with his pool cleaning business, as he (Mr. Coop) was “a business man and could consult him on how to make it successful.” Within a week Mr. Coop came to me and said that Mr. Calhoun advised him that I should invest $10,000.00 in the pool business for chemicals and supplies, since we would be married and my daughter would benefit from this business. I told Mr. Coop that I was not comfortable with this and he became extremely angry and reminded me that he had already spent thousands of dollars with his Attorney, Mr. Calhoun for me and daughters benefit and that if I were serous about our relationship, I would not hesitate. He stated that after the company got up and running he would pay me back and turnover the profits to my daughter to help support her in her last year of college. I then withdrew the $10k from my 401k State of California retirement plan and gave it to Mr. Coop in the form of a cashiers check, with the understanding that this was a loan and Mr. Coop would be paying me back in full.
Mr. Coop started asking me about all my finances and what type of retirement fund I had. I shared that I have a 401k and over 457 fund; he then volunteered to review my investments and discuss it with his attorney “Mr. Calhoun.” He also announced to me that he had spoken to “Mr. Calhoun” about making changes to his Will and assigning me as Power of Attorney. I advised that my Attorney was my executor. He then began to pressure me into scheduling an appointment so he could protect me and have my Will changed and to have him be my Power of Attorney.
Wednesday, March 25, 2008, Mr. Coop insisted that I call my attorney and long-time friend and have him change my will, putting Mr. Coop as my Power of Attorney. When I made this call Mr. Coop was standing next to me. My attorney began to ask me questions about what I was wanting to do exactly, why I was doing it, how long had I know this man, and did I understand the legal effect of what I was doing? Mr. Coop was sitting next to me listening in on the conversation. When I conveyed to Mr. Coop that my attorney asked if I had seen Mr. Coops Will (since I advised him that Mr. Coop had already made these changes to his estate plan), Mr. Coop became extremely angry and punched a hole in the wall. He then grabbed a blanket from the bed and threw it over me. I believed he was going to be beat me. I was terrified. I pulled the blanket off of me and told him that he was terrifying me. Mr. Coop screamed & cursed at me and followed me throughout the house screaming that I didn’t trust him and that he had invested thousands of dollars on changing his will. He threatened that I would owe him money for these changes if this relationship ended.
Mr. Coop’s surveillance of me intensified to the point that I had to tell him that I was leaving the room to go to the bathroom. Plans for the wedding were spun by Mr. Coop: we would marry in Fresno then fly to Texas for his granddaughter’s oncologist appointment in Houston, May 22, 2008. We would then renew our vows in Texas; Mr. Coop made it appear that he was planning all of this with his daughter daily. On March 26, 2008, Mr. Coop stated he received a call from Liz and stated that Tracie’s, Mr. Calhoun’s secretary’s, husband had called and she (Tracie) and their four year old twins were killed in a horrible auto accident.
Mr. Coop finally allowed me to return to work on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. He continued to make obsessive calls to my cell phone and on Wednesday, Mr. Coop insisted that I not return to work and started sobbing stating that he needed me. I told Mr. Coop that it was unethical for me to miss anymore work at this point. He became intensely angry and stated if I wanted all of the assets he had already given to me I would stay home. I told him his temper and mood swings terrified me. He looked at me & said that if he was upset that I was to “come to him” and “embrace him.” I told him that he needed to get help, he then agreed to attend a 12-step meeting, the finally agreed that I could leave to work.
While at work I was contacted by a close friend who had a done a background check on Mr.Coop. Once hearing about his background, nothing seemed real. I learned that Mr. Coop was not at all who he pretended to be. I learned that he was a convicted felon with a long and violent criminal past that involved many cases of theft and fraud.
I learned that he had completely concealed his true history and lied to me about his past, his family, his finances, and everything else.
I learned that only months earlier he had severally beaten his previous wife, threatened to kill her children, and threatened her with a rifle. I learned that the Court granted her restraining order and even an annulment of their brief marriage based on fraud (Fresno Superior Court case No. 07 CEFL02000). I learned he told the very same lies to his former wife and even confirmed that the stories he told of things he did with her were all lies. I learned that Mr. Coop uses many alias’s and has spent time in prison and jail for numerous felony assaults, thefts, fraud and other crimes. I also learned that he was on active probation for the beating and threats to kill his former wife. I realized that my fears were real and that I had been and was being preyed on, physically, emotionally and financially. I realized that I was in extreme and immediate physical danger.
Mr. Coop continued to call me over 20 times in a few hours on the night I learned these things. I knew since I had not called in or answered his calls as he had instruct me to do, that he knew that I had discovered his plan to defraud me and to hurt me. I did not return home. I went instead directly to the Police where I made a report of the intimidation and violence (report number 08-28113). The Police issued an Emergency Protective Order. I did not return to my home that night.
I also made an additional stolen vehicle report that evening as Mr. Coop had taken my vehicle and left my house when I did not return home to him. Fresno Police Officers served the protective order on Mr. Coop very early the next morning when he was seen arriving at my home with an unknown female who was driving my vehicle. He was in front driving a separate pickup truck. He was forced to leave my home at that time.
I note that on April 4, 2008, Mr. Coop was served at my home after he arrived in that Ford truck and with female, Judy Geske, who incidentally is a Dispatcher for the Fresno Police Department, driving my reported stolen Lexus. It appears that Mr. Coop now resides with Dispatcher Geske and has in the past and that they have an ongoing relationship. The extent and details of this relationship are not entirely known to me, but I have learned that she has been aid and comfort to Mr. Coop, even while he was pretending to prepare to marry me, and apparently the entire time while he was trying to defraud me and steal my life savings.
On April 4, 2008, Mr. Coop was arrested after his felony probation officer learned of his actions and fraud against me. On April 9, 2008, Mr. Coop appeared in custody in Department 95. Prior to the hearing, I made packets containing all of the information on the acts of violence and intimidation by Mr. Coop and delivered them to the DA and to Probation. Apparently the DA discovered the police report had not yet been completed and the Court released Mr. Coop with an order to return to Court on April 23, 2008. His release came only after the Court issued another, 3year protective order as to me. The Court added me to Mr. Coop’s former wife’s protective order, which also is good until 2010.
I remain extremely terrified of Mr. Coop and always will be. He moved into my life, overwhelmed me, gained control of my life, my every move, all of my assets, and attempted to take from me everything I have worked for in my life.
I believe that he would have severally beaten or even killed me had I continued the relationship any longer. I am also extremely embarrassed that this happened to me, and that I did not realize sooner what was happening until it was too late. By then, however, I was completely afraid of and dominated by Mr. Coop.
I believe he is a professional predator and supports himself by preying on and stealing from emotionally vulnerable females. He is extremely smooth talking, acts extremely fast and presents a very elaborate (but utterly false) tale of his family, his finances, personal history and his past endeavors.
Again, I wish to seek charges against Mr. Coop, including but not limited to violation of California Penal Code sections 186.2, 484, 487, 503 and 506.
DATED: April 12, 2008