Woodlawn man held in rape, stabbings Suspect was found asleep at Va. rest stop, police say


A Woodlawn man accused of stabbing three people, raping a teen-ager and beating a Harford County woman was being held in Virginia yesterday after a state trooper found him sleeping in a stolen truck at a rest stop.

Archie William Cooper, 34, -- charged in warrants with first-degree rape, child abuse and the attempted murder of his estranged wife, Paula Marie Cooper, 31, her boyfriend, Richard David Makofski, 42, and another man, Christopher Eric Bouchat, 29 -- was arrested about 4: 30 a.m. yesterday at a rest stop in Salem, Va., Baltimore County police said.

He also is wanted by Harford County authorities on charges of assaulting Miriam Payne, 56, of the 800 block of Monte Ave. on Wednesday afternoon, Harford authorities said.

Baltimore County detectives were on their way to Salem yesterday to interview Cooper, who is being held without bond in Roanoke, Va., said police spokesman Sgt. Kevin B. Novak.

According to police, Cooper raped a teen-age girl about 3 a.m. Wednesday, then drove to a home in the 1900 block of Cedar Circle Drive, where he confronted his wife and Makofski. He fought with them and stabbed them. Bouchat, Makofski's roommate, tried to break up the fight, but was stabbed several times, police said.

The stabbing victims were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Paula Cooper was treated and released Wednesday. Makofski was in fair condition, and Bouchat was in critical condition yesterday.

Police said Cooper fled in Makofski's red and white pickup truck.

Harford County authorities became involved in the search for Cooper when they were called to Payne's home about 3 p.m. by Payne's mother who had found her daughter unconscious. Payne later told police that Cooper had assaulted her.

Cooper, who lived in the 1400 block of Langford Road in Woodlawn, had done yard work for Payne, police said. Police said he stole a truck in Jacksonville and drove to Virginia.

Pub Date: 5/30/97

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