CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A Cambridge man is behind bars on attempted murder and related charges following allegations that he broke into a woman's home and tried to rape her.
Cambridge police said that shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, May 14, officers were dispatched to a home on the 800 block of Center Street for a report of a women yelling for help. Police said that when the officers arrived at the home, they looked into the window where they observed a woman being attacked and assaulted by 44-year-old Philbert Norris Cooper, of no fixed address in Cambridge.
Authorities said that as the officers went to help the victim, Cooper attempted to escape by diving through a closed glass window, causing the window to shatter. After a struggle and a short foot chase, the officers placed Cooper under arrest.
The officers found the victim suffering from head and facial trauma, investigators said. They also noted that the victim was bleeding with severe swelling to the face and head. According to police, apparently the victim had lost a large amount of blood during the attack. She was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury where she is listed in stable condition.
Police said an investigation revealed that Cooper broke into the victim's home and attempted to rape her.
Cooper was arrested and charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, attempted first- and second-degree rape, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, trespassing on posted property and malicious destruction of property. He is being held without bond in the Dorchester County Detention Center.