Synthetic Pot Was Factor In Weekend Assault, Arson, Police Say

Linda Faye Cooper (Jail photo)
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WACO (July 7, 2014) The synthetic marijuana product known as K-2 was a factor in a weekend incident in which a Waco woman was arrested after her teenage children were threatened with a knife and scissors and a fire was set in the living room of the family’s home.

Linda Faye Cooper, 58, was jailed Monday in lieu of bonds totaling $300,000, charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of arson, online jail records showed.

Waco police were sent at around 3:20 a.m. Sunday to a residence in the 4700 block of Fort Avenue after a caller reported a disturbance involving a woman and her two teenage children, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

When officers arrived they encountered a 19-year-old girl who told them her mother had been smoking K-2 and got into an argument with her and her 15-year-old brother.

Swanton said officers determined the woman held a knife to the boy's face and threatened to kill him and when the girl intervened, the woman threatened her with scissors.

Neither teenager was injured.

After the assaults the woman set a fire in the living room of the house, Swanton said.

Firefighters put out the fire and authorities are investigating the incident as arson.

The house was not seriously damaged, Swanton said.