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Brainerd man allegedly chokes, threatens to kill fiance

A 29-year-old Brainerd man is facing felony charges after allegedly choking and threatening to kill his fiance this week. Eric Daniel Cook, 29, was charged Wednesday in Crow Wing County District Court with felony terroristic threats, felony domes...

Eric Daniel Cook
Eric Daniel Cook

A 29-year-old Brainerd man is facing felony charges after allegedly choking and threatening to kill his fiance this week.

Eric Daniel Cook, 29, was charged Wednesday in Crow Wing County District Court with felony terroristic threats, felony domestic assault by strangulation and intentionally inflicting harm, a misdemeanor.

According to a criminal complaint filed against Cook, a Brainerd police officer was contacted by Cook's fiance on Monday after Cook locked her out of her Brainerd apartment. The officer determined she would need to contact a locksmith to regain entry. The woman stated she believed Cook would be upset, but would probably leave the apartment.

At 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, the officer was again contacted by the woman, who informed him a locksmith had assisted her in returning to her apartment. The woman said Cook was sending her angry text messages and had earlier in the evening spoken to her on the phone while very upset.

During the phone call, the woman managed to set up a conference call with her mother, who listened to the conversation. Cook allegedly told his fiance, who is also the mother of his child, "I am going to kill you."

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The woman went on to tell the police officer about an earlier incident on Saturday, when she and Cook began arguing in a car. During the argument, Cook allegedly reached over and began to choke her, forcefully enough to restrict her breathing and slam her head against the car door window.

The officer made contact with Cook, who admitted he'd threatened to kill his fiance, according to the complaint. Cook told the officer "he had a short temper, oftentimes saying things he did not mean." When asked why he'd grabbed his fiance's throat, Cook allegedly made a statement that "he had intended to show her the physical and mental pain she had been causing him."

Cook was arrested and booked in the Crow Wing County Jail, where he remained in custody Thursday. He faces a maximum penalty of five years and/or a $10,000 fine for the terroristic threats charge, three years and/or a $5,000 fine for the domestic assault charge and 90 days and/or a $1,000 fine for the charge of intentionally inflicting harm.

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