UPDATE: Mall assault suspect turns himself in

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Haniff Cooper Haniff Cooper HAMILTON TOWNSHIP  –  Police have taken into custody a man wanted in connection with a box cutter assault at the Hamilton Mall Saturday, April 19, that left a victim with numerous slash wounds.

On Tuesday, April 22, Haniff Cooper, 27 of Atlantic City, turned himself in to the Township of Hamilton Police Department for his involvement in the assault.

Municipal Court Judge H. Robert Switzer set bail at $150,000 full cash, police said.  Cooper was transferred to the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in Mays Landing pending court. 

Police responded to the Hamilton Mall 2:04 p.m. Saturday, April 19 for a reported stabbing.  An altercation had occurred in the area of the Kicks USA store, then moved into a common area of the mall where a heavy-set black male described as being in his teens or 20s pulled out a box cutter and slashed the victim numerous times across his body including his head and legs, police said.

The victim sustained deep lacerations and was treated at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Galloway and released, police said.

The man with the box cutter was later identified as Cooper.

On Monday, April 21, police announced that Judge Switzer had authorized a warrant for Cooper’s arrest charging him with third-degree aggravated assault, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and fourth-degree possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Detective Sgt. Chris Gehring is investigating the case.

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