A face only a needle could love

Billie Lee Cooper is “Hard 2 love.”

Just ask his face tattoo, which sweeps along his mustache line in faded, sort-of-cursive.

The claim could be even truer now as Cooper, 50, sits in a cell in Sacramento County jail on felony charges of attempted murder and arson.

On June 17, the bald, heavily inked Cooper allegedly firebombed the Rio Linda residence of his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Department logs say the victim was tipped off in a phone call that Cooper was making an incendiary device, though it’s unclear whether it’s believed that Cooper made the call/threat himself.

The victim, who shared the Hayer Circle home with a man and woman in their 50s, as well as a 3-year-old child, watched Cooper ignite an unknown object in his hand and cock his arm back to throw, sheriff’s logs state. The victim backed away from the window just before the object smashed through it, setting the interior on fire.

All four occupants escaped without injury, and Cooper was later arrested in neighboring Dry Town, an infinitesimal town at the mouth of Amador County.

It wasn’t the only case involving incendiary devices to happen that week. A day earlier, on June 16, sheriff’s bomb squad officers arrested 29-year-old Ahmed A. Lee for producing two Molotov cocktail-style explosives using beer bottles, rags and flammable liquid.

Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a report of a fight involving a gun in the 2700 block of Rio Linda Boulevard, where they contacted the possible suspects and began a search, logs state.

On Monday, Lee pled no contest to one felony count of possessing a destructive device and sentenced to 120 days on the Sheriff’s Work Project, along with five years of formal probation, court records show. As part of the deal, two similar counts were dismissed.

More recently, the bomb squad is investigating an explosion that took place Sunday evening inside an Orangevale home. The male resident who caused the blast was transported to the hospital, though the degree of his injuries wasn’t clear. Investigators also don’t know what the injured resident’s intent was, the sheriff’s department says in a release.

The items the unidentified Orangevale man possessed were legal to have, but investigators expressed concern over how they were combined. The man has yet to be charged with anything.

Cooper, on the other hand, is being held without bail and set for a July 3 court appearance, according to jail records. His criminal case history in the Sacramento Superior Court system reaches back to 1987, online court records show.

If convicted of these latest offenses, he may have to change that ‘stache-tat to read: “Impossible 2 love.”

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