October 23, 2018

Man wanted in Lehigh Township homicide


HONESDALE – The Wayne County District Attorney’s office is asking for the public’s help in locating wanted fugitive Steven Cooper, 19, of Mount Pocono,. After a continuing and thorough investigation, Cooper was developed as the fifth suspect in a homicide in Lehigh Township, Wayne County, late last year.

On Dec. 8, 2017, Joseph Keith Stengline, Sr. was beaten and stomped to death by the five individuals who entered his home to rob and assault the home’s occupants. The elder Stengline was kicked repeatedly, causing a skull fracture and subdural hematoma. He died five days later in the hospital. 

The four other homicide defendants, Coneil “Murda” Moore, Lewis “Ricky” Tucker, Jr., Darian “Smoove” Daniels and Kevin “Kas” Jordan have each had their preliminary hearings and all charges have been bound over for trial. Currently, they are all facing charges of first and second degree murder, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault, and conspiracy to commit each of those crimes.

Cooper is known to frequent the Mount Pocono and Tannersville area of Monroe County. The public’s assistance in locating Cooper is requested. As a reminder, hindering apprehension is a violation of the law. Anyone with information as to Cooper’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Wayne County Detectives at (570) 229-1204.

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