Charges filed after laundry argument
— 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.