SWAT nabs studio suspect
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Cadarius Dewon Cochran
Cadarius Dewon Cochran

The man wanted for allegedly firing several shots at a local dance studio July 28 was taken into custody Friday by Chattanooga law enforcement officers after holing up in an East Lake apartment in the Hamilton County city.

Cadarius Dewon Cochran, 23, is wanted on a variety of charges in Cleveland, but he is incarcerated at present at the Hamilton County Jail on warrants from that county, according to Det. Steve Ross, one of the Cleveland Police Department investigators assigned to the shooting at Luv 2 Dance Studio on 20th Street.

According to law enforcement reports, Chattanooga SWAT was called in to the East Lake location where Cochran was thought to be located.

After approximately two hours, Cochran was taken into custody and transported to the Hamilton County Jail where he was placed under $25,000 bond. He faces a court date on Aug. 19 for warrants in Hamilton County, according to Ross.

Cochran is expected to be brought to Bradley County in the near future where he will be charged with 10 counts of felony reckless endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the Luv 2 Dance Studio shooting.

Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed Saturday that Cochran had not yet been transfered to the Bradley County Jail in connection with the Cleveland incident. Hamilton County Jail records indicated he was still incarcerated at that corrections facility as of late Saturday.

In the Cleveland case, Ross and Det. Matt Jenkins determined Cochran was the suspect who fired the shots, hitting vehicles and an adjacent apartment outside the dance studio. Two people were slightly injured in the shooting which occurred just before 2 a.m. that early Sunday morning, according to reports.

Luv 2 Dance is located at King Edward Avenue and 20th streets in south Cleveland.

Freddy Mora, owner of the studio, appeared in Bradley County Circuit Court last Monday at the behest of the District Attorney General’s Office which was seeking to have the business shuttered unless satisfactory changes are made in the studio’s hours and policies. The DA’s actions were due to a series of violent incidents that have reportedly occurred at the studio over the past 1 1/2 years. The court appearance was intended to negotiate the studio’s new guideliness that might allow Mora to continue to sublease the building for events such as weddings, receptions, dances and other events.

On the night of the July 28 shooting, a party had been booked at the establishment which serves no alcohol; however, party guests were allowed to bring their own.

The party had closed down and visitors were leaving when shots rang out, according to reports. Cochran was the alleged trigger man.

Cleveland Police were quick to respond due to history of at least 10 reports of violence or nuisance at the location since early 2012.

Assistant District Attorney General Stephen Hatchett petitioned the court for an abatement of nuisance following the most recent act of violence. At the hearing, Mora agreed to certain restrictions and notification procedures in order to keep subleasing the building.

Bradley County Circuit Court Judge Larry Puckett signed the agreement once he, Hatchett and Mora were satisfied that changes would be made. The agreement also included a directive by Puckett that Mora could be criminally charged, arrested and returned to court if the business is found in future violation of any of the court-approved guidelines.