Police have charged Reginald Eugene Cooper (40) of the 4200 block of Maple Path Circle in Perry Hall in yesterday’s assault on his 11-year-old son.
Cooper was behaving bizarrely yesterday morning when he stopped a neighbor outside and told her to go into his house to check on his son. When she did so, Cooper returned and threatened to kill his son, striking him with a screwdriver and causing a puncture wound. He assaulted the neighbor when she tried to leave to get help. The boy fled the home where another neighbor saw him bleeding and tried to render first aid. Cooper approached and assaulted her, as well as a third neighbor after demanding entry into the man’s home.
When the first officer arrived he was directed by witnesses to Cooper, who did not comply with commands and assaulted the officer. Cooper was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital as a precaution based on his behavior, treated and released. The officer was also transported to an area hospital, treated and released. The boy remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Cooper is charged with the following:
•Attempted first degree murder
•Attempted second degree murder
•First degree assault
•Five counts of second degree assault
•First degree child abuse
•Second degree child abuse
•Use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure
Cooper is held on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.