Caught trying to steal scrap metal, 67 year old man allegedly reacted violently, resisting arrest and supposedly assaulting an off duty police officer.
The police officer, who works as a security guard, witnessed the man, Wilbert Lee Cunningham entering a work yard and beginning to steal scrap metal. When the officer approached Cunningham, he came at the officer with his vehicle.
This isn’t the first time Cunningham has been caught stealing from this location. In fact, according to My Fox Houston, he has a “history of scrap metal thefts at the same address.”
When Cunningham drove towards the officer, the off duty cop fired his duty weapon towards the vehicle. The suspect supposedly hit the officer before coming to a stop and struggling outside the car.
Cunningham has been charged with aggravated assault of a police officer. It isn’t clear if he has already or will potentially face charges for attempted burglary.
Because of the seriousness of this charge, Cunningham is likely facing 1st degree felony charges, which carry a potential sentence of 5 years to life in prison. More common than aggravated assault is the charge of simple assault.
Simple assault is the charge that applies to situations where bodily injury is caused, a threat is made, or unwanted physical contact is made. This fairly common assault charge is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and fines.
Assaults can occur between strangers or between family members, as in the case of domestic assaults. If you are facing assault charges and looking for help, I may be able to provide assistance.
I will look at all the evidence in your case, ensuring no rock has been unturned. When facing charges of this magnitude, you want to be confident that you have made the right choice in defense attorney.
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