An Atlantic City resident wanted in connection with a weekend stabbing at the Hamilton Mall turned himself Tuesday.
Hanif Cooper, 27, is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
His bail has been set at $150,000 full cash, but that’s beyond what the charges call for, defense attorney James Leonard Jr. said.
Usually, the charges carry a bail between $20,000 and $50,000.
“Clearly, Judge (Robert) Switzer is trying to send a message, but I think he’s sending it to the wrong person,” Leonard said. “The message needs to be sent to the two individuals who attacked my client while he was shopping with his 4-year-old son.”
The man whose name has not been released was attacked with a box cutter, and suffered slash wounds to his body including his head and legs, Detective Frank Schalek said. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.
A warrant was issued for Cooper on Monday, when Leonard then made an agreement with Hamilton Township Detective Sgt. Chris Gehring that Cooper would turn himself in Tuesday.
Leonard said Cooper was looking for “toys, candy and gifts for Easter,” not trouble when he went to the mall Saturday.
“I’m hoping that Hamilton Township continues its investigation into the two aggressors that attacked Mr. Cooper in front of his family,” he said.
Cooper's criminal record includes two drug convictions, the last a three-year suspended sentence in 2010. He was also shot multiple times in Atlantic City’s Back Maryland section four years ago.
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