DAYTON - A 51-year-old woman’s condition has been upgraded to stable after she beaten in the head with a VCR by a cousin Saturday, Feb. 28, days after the suspect was released from prison.
Police said the woman was beaten by Percy S. Cochran, 28 and a convicted felon, at about 2 a.m. on Saturday before Cochran broke into the homes of two other relatives.
Investigators said Cochran intended to have sex with his cousin, but when she refused, he choked her and then beat her with the VCR. The woman, whose name has not been released, suffered severe brain injuries but was talking, according to police.
Detectives later found Cochran inside a book store in the Oregon District on East Fifth Street at about 7:45 p.m., Lt. Brian Johns said.
After the assault, Cochran broke into a residence on West Second Street followed by a second break-in on Shoup Avenue, Johns said.
Cochran stole several handguns during the break-ins, along with two cars he later abandoned in Dayton neighborhoods, Johns said.
A background check found Cochran was just released from prison on Feb. 25 after a 2006 conviction for burglary and harassing an inmate, according to court records.
Cochran has been arrested 19 times in Montgomery County since 1999 for charges ranging from theft and felonious assault to drug abuse and gross sexual imposition, according to jail records.