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Rockdale man charged in assault on family members

CONYERS -- A 23-year-old man faces three counts of aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened his mother, grandmother and uncle with knives.

Kevin Wesley Cook, 1384 Country Lane Way, was jailed on the charges Wednesday following a Jan. 17 incident in which officials said his uncle was forced to beat him into unconsciousness in order to stop him from threatening his family members. Cook was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for several days before being transferred to the Rockdale County Jail.

According to Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Investigator Michael Camp, Cook was kicked out of his parents' home, where his grandmother also lives, on Jan. 16 due to some issues with substance abuse.

Camp said Cook left the residence but returned later that night after his grandmother, who works at night, had left for work. Camp said Cook went to bed in his grandmother's room and was not discovered there until the next morning at about 7:30 when his grandmother returned.

When the suspect's mother awoke him, Camp said the suspect ran to his room, got two steak knives and chased his mother and grandmother around the house. At one point, Camp said, the suspect had his mother pinned down and held a knife to her throat.

The mother and grandmother were able to get out of the house, lock themselves in a car, and call 911 and the uncle, who lives down the street.

The uncle arrived at the family's home before deputies and was also threatened by the suspect. Camp said the uncle was able to get the suspect in a bear hug and wrestle him to the ground. The two fought, Camp said, and the uncle had to hit the suspect several times before he could get the knives away from him. The suspect was unconscious when deputies arrived.

Camp said the suspect's mother sustained a cut to one of her hands but was not transported to a hospital.