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Estranged wife faces felony assault charge for alleged knife threats

Jeff Bobo • Yesterday at 3:30 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — On Wednesday, Hawkins County deputies arrested a woman who had been wanted since October for allegedly threatening to stab her estranged husband with a knife and slashing tires on his vehicle and the vehicle of his female guest.

On the afternoon of Oct. 24, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Anthony Crosby responded to a complaint of a domestic disturbance on Shanks Gap Road near Surgoinsville at the home of Bradley Cook.

Mr. Cook stated that shortly after 3 p.m. that day his estranged wife, Larisa Ann Cook, 38, had come to his residence enraged, making threats with a knife.

“Bradley stated he attempted to talk with Larisa, but she brandished the knife overhead and made threats to stab him,” Crosby said. “Bradley indicated that Larisa then used the knife to puncture the left rear tire of his vehicle and also punctured the right rear tire of (his female visitor’s) vehicle — who was inside at the time.”

Crosby added, “Larisa again brandished the knife and made threats to use the knife against him if he came any closer.”

Mr. Cook also reportedly stated that he deemed the threats to be credible and he feared for the safety of himself and his children.

Mrs. Cook was gone by the time Crosby arrived, and the arrest warrant signed Oct. 25 listed her address as “transient.”

Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, she was located at a residence on Carters Valley Loop near Surgoinsville and served with an arrest warrant for aggravated assault, a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years.

As of Friday, Mrs. Cook was being held in the Hawkins County Jail pending arraignment in Sessions Court Monday.

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