A Texas woman and an Ardmore man are facing charges after allegedly breaking into a local residence and threatening the homeowner with a baseball bat and knife last week.
Ardmore Police Department Sgt. Larry Payne said the victim reported hearing a noise outside of his residence, in the 700 block of D Street Southeast, at around 9:30 a.m. March 4. “When he went to look at it, there had been an open door from the backside of his house and his vehicle was open,” Payne said.
At that time, two individuals, later identified as Christina Cooper, 25, and Daniel Mason, 27, allegedly walked out of the victim’s shed, armed with a baseball bat and a knife. “They both threatened him in the street,” Payne said.
Payne said a neighbor reportedly came out of their house and Cooper and Mason decided to back away, ditching the weapons and a hat and jacket they had been wearing about a block away. No one was injured and no items besides the baseball bat were taken from the residence.
“They came back around to get a vehicle to leave and when they got into their vehicle to leave the police showed up and pulled them over,” Payne said.
Cooper and Mason were apprehended and transported to the police station where Payne said he conducted interviews with them. “I do know that drug addiction is at least partly to blame for it — whether they were currently high at the time or, you know.”
Cooper and Mason are both facing Carter County charges for burglary in the first degree and burglary in the third degree.
Cooper, who was reportedly armed with a baseball bat, has an additional charge for assault with a dangerous weapon. Assault with a dangerous weapon is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years.
Mason, who was reportedly armed with a knife, has an additional charge for assault with a deadly weapon. Assault with a deadly weapon is punishable by imprisonment for up to life.
Both suspects are currently being held at the Carter County Jail. Mason’s bond is set at $5,000 and Cooper’s bond is set at $1,500. A preliminary conference is scheduled for April 9.