Cook's case turned over to Hennepin County Attorney

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 25, 2011 - 7:50 AM

Viking defensive back Chris Cook

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Unless an extension is granted, authorities have until noon Tuesday to charge Minnesota Vikings defensive back Chris Cook, who was arrested early Saturday in Eden Prairie on suspicion of domestic assault.

Cook's appearance Monday at Hennepin County District Court's Ridgedale satellite location was canceled.

Katie Beal, a spokeswoman for the city of Eden Prairie, said Monday that police have wrapped up their investigation and forwarded the case to the county attorney's office.

The delay also extends the uncertainty of Cook's status with the team.

"As we get more clarity as to what's going on with Chris, we'll act accordingly," head coach Leslie Frazier said Monday. "But we'll try to get clarity hopefully in the next few days and go from there. I don't think any of us in this organization are pleased when one of our players is arrested for anything. And the fact that one of our players is in jail is a disappointment."

Cook, 24, has been in jail in downtown Minneapolis since about 4 a.m. Saturday. He was arrested at 2:10 a.m. at his home in the 6400 block of Regency Lane in Eden Prairie after a neighbor reported yelling and screaming from across the street, according to police.

County records show he was booked on probable cause for domestic assault/strangulation, a felony-level offense, and fifth-degree domestic assault, a misdemeanor.

The victim's identity and condition have yet to be released.

This is not Cook's first legal run-in this year. In March, while near his mother's home in Lynchburg, Va., he was accused of pulling a gun on a neighbor during a verbal altercation. Two months later, he was found not guilty when a judge determined there was insufficient evidence to support the accusation that he brandished a firearm.

Star Tribune staff writer Dan Wiederer contributed to this report.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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