A 20-year-old Harford County man accused of striking an off-duty Baltimore police officer in the eye with a glass beer mug was indicted by a county grand jury on hate crime and assault charges, according to the county state's attorney.
James Aaron Kimble of Joppa was arrested May 6 after Detective Jerome Cook suffered significant injuries to his eye that doctors feared could cause him to lose his sight. County sheriff's deputies said Cook was returning home when he encountered Kimble and was struck in the eye. Kimble was yelling racial epithets when deputies arrived at the scene, comments which were captured on Cook's 911 call for help.
Kimble is being held without bond. His cousin, Albert Ray Glasscock, 27, is also charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for allegedly scuffling with deputies responding to the assault.