Plea hearing set in domestic dispute incident
Brainerd man accused of threatening two people known to him.
A 30-year-old Brainerd man was charged with making threats of violence and is scheduled to appear for a plea hearing next month.
Andrew Richard Cook was charged in Crow Wing County District Court with making felony threats of violence, four misdemeanors including domestic assault to cause intentional harm and to cause fear, fourth-degree property damage and disorderly conduct.
The charges stem from an Aug. 20 physical domestic call on North Ninth Street in Brainerd. Brainerd police were called at 12:52 a.m. to the residence where a woman reported Cook and another man, known to her and Cook, were physically fighting each other. Cook told police he was fighting with the man.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman and the man were both in the basement and told police Cook hit the man in the head with a wooden stool. The man had a large red mark that appeared to be swelling in the middle of his forehead, the court document stated.
The woman stated she was in the basement trying to get her laundry done when Cook came downstairs extremely drunk, yelling profanities at her and told her she needed to leave his house. At one point while Cook was yelling at her, the other man came to the basement and tried to get Cook to stop. That is when the two men started fighting and when Cook allegedly picked up a stool and hit the other man in the head with the stool. Cook also punched the man in the face several times, the report stated.
Cook then told the woman and the man to “get out of his house or he was going to (expletive) kill them,” the court document stated. The woman stated she was scared of Cook and felt he would hurt her if law enforcement had not been called. Police observed the woman was extremely distraught by the incident; her voice was shaky, she was moving around frantically and appeared to be on the verge of crying, the court document stated.
According to police, Cook admitted he hit the man a few times and struck him with the stool.
A plea hearing is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in front of Judge Erik J. Askegaard. A plea hearing is when the defendant enters a plea of guilty or no contest to charges against them.