AUGUSTA — A Chelsea man arrested Thursday night in a domestic violence incident made an initial court appearance Friday via video from the Kennebec County jail.

Aaron Brian Cooper, 27, is charged with domestic violence assault, assault and criminal threatening in the incident that was reported 11:41 p.m. Thursday.

A judge at the Capital Judicial Center set Cooper’s bail at $500 cash or personal recognizance bail with a Maine Pretrial Services contract.

According to an affidavit by Sgt. Jacob Pierce of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, officers found three women and a 6-month-old baby outside Cooper’s Hallowell Road home when they arrived.

Pierce said the women reported that Cooper had grabbed two of them by the arm and threatened to kill two of them and that there were firearms inside the home.

Police found Cooper in the upstairs bedroom where they handcuffed him, and he told them an M16 assault rifle was in the closet and a handgun in the kitchen area.

Pierce said Cooper told him he got upset when the infant woke up and began to cry, that he and his wife argued, and then his mother-in-law and sister-in-law came into the bedroom and everyone began arguing.

Pierce said two of the women had red marks on their arms, and one said Cooper shook the baby and threw him down on the bed.

Cooper has no criminal history, Pierce noted.

Conditions of bail prohibit Cooper from contact with the three women and the baby.

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