Charges filed af­ter laun­dry ar­gu­ment

Kent County News - - FRONT PAGE - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­tynews.com

— What started out Fri­day af­ter­noon as a dis­agree­ment over laun­dry led to fisticuffs and ul­ti­mately a threat of mur­der, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Tif­fany Mar­lene Cook, 30, of Rock Hall is be­ing held in the Kent County De­ten­tion Center with­out bail on charges that in­clude at­tempted first- and sec­ond­de­gree mur­der. She al­legedly stood in the open door­way of a neigh­bor’s apart­ment and made “three ag­gres­sive slash­ing mo­tions” with a 12-inch kitchen knife, Capt. Wil­liam Dempsey of the Rock Hall Po­lice Depart­ment said in a tele­phone in­ter­view Mon­day. A wit­ness told po­lice that Cook shouted at her neigh­bor, “I will kill you and your chil­dren,” Dempsey said. The neigh­bor, whom po­lice iden­ti­fied as Casey Lopez, 38, was not stabbed. Lopez was able to close her apart­ment door and then called 911 at about 3:45 p.m., Dempsey said. Cook also is charged with first- and se­cond-de­gree as­sault and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment. The al­ter­ca­tion started in the laun­dry room of the apart­ment com­plex on Brit­tany Bay Drive. Dempsey said Cook ap­par­ently was an­gry that Lopez had re­moved Cook’s clothes from a wash­ing ma­chine with­out per­mis­sion. A fight en­sued, with push­ing, shov­ing, hit­ting and bit­ing. Dempsey said Lopez

suf­fered in­juries con­sis­tent with a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion, in­clud­ing bite marks on her breast and fin­ger. Dempsey said Cook was the ag­gres­sor and that Lopez’ ac­tions were taken in self­de­fense. Lopez re­fused med­i­cal treat­ment at the scene, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Cook was not in­jured. Af­ter the al­ter­ca­tion in the laun­dry room, Cook al­legedly re­trieved a knife from her apart­ment and then went to Lopez’ apart­ment, where the threats were made. Lt. Daniel Sut­ton of the RHPD was the first of­fi­cer on the scene. He lo­cated Cook in an­other apart­ment and took her into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

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