Man who had hours-long standoff with troopers arraigned

Cook faces 5 domestic violence-related charges

The man involved in a 6-hour long standoff with Alaska State Troopers Wednesday was arraigned in District Court Saturday.

 

Cook is charged with kidnapping, two counts of first-degree assault, one count of third-degree assault with a weapon and tampering with physical evidence. All are felony domestic violence charges. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of improper use of registration.

The court appointed a public defender attorney for James M. Cook, 42, at the hearing.

According to charging documents filed by troopers, Cook is accused of battering his girlfriend. The report states the alleged victim told troopers on Aug. 13 Cook pointed a handgun at her, punched her face and told her he was going to kill her. When she fell to the floor, he kicked her and struck her with a 2-foot copper pipe. He bound and gagged her and continued to beat her. She told troopers this was not the first time Cook had abused her.

After speaking to troopers, the alleged victim was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The victim also told troopers she had acquired a domestic violence protective order against Cook, but it had not been served. She further told troopers Cook had taken the license plates off his vehicle and put them on her vehicle, which he was driving, because he thought law enforcement was trying to serve the restraining order and possibly arrest him, according to the report.

The Jones Street standoff began at about 2:30 p.m. when troopers tried to serve Cook with an arrest warrant for the domestic violence charges.

When Cook was uncooperative, troopers responded with a Tactical Response Vehicle and Special Emergency Response Team personnel. Central Emergency Services was stationed nearby during incident.

Cook fired three to four shots during the standoff, Lt. Dane Gilmore said. Troopers did not fire any shots. Cook surrendered after troopers released a few non-harmful chemical agents into the home, Gilmore said.

No one was injured during the standoff.

According to court records, Cook is not bailable.

Cook is currently in custody at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

His next court date is Sept. 3.

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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