PCSD reported in a press release early Friday evening that it was contacted by the Miller County Sheriff's Department in reference to a domestic disturbance that had allegedly occurred in Pulaski County. According to the press release, the female victim reported that "serious criminal acts had occurred and she was taken to a lake area hospital for treatment of her injuries."
PCSD said that the woman reported, in an interview with PCSD detectives, that her boyfriend, David Cook "had beat her, struck her with a gun, and had held her against her will for three days" before she managed to escape from the residence.
"The victim stated that she had been in fear for her life and that Cook would not allow her to use the telephone or leave the house," PCSD reported.
The probable cause statement filed in the case, obtained by the Daily Guide Monday morning, revealed that the victim reported that she was allegedly subjected to days of being struck "in the facial area, arms, legs, buttocks, and other areas of her body with a closed fist."
The detective reported in the charging document that the victim said Cook allegedly "would place his hands around her neck" and "choke her to a point where she could not breathe."
According to the probable cause statement, Cook also allegedly forced a gun into the mouth of the victim, chipping her tooth. The detective noted in the statement that he observed visible bruises that were "consistent" with her story.
The detective reported that the victim said "she believed at one point David would have killed her if she did not escape."
"I spoke with the doctor who informed me that the injuries, especially to the facial and vital organ areas could cause serious physical injury," the detective wrote in the probable cause statement.
PCSD said that they tried to apprehend Cook on Thursday, June 8 at his residence, but when they approached, "Cook fled into the woods near the Hawkeye area."
"A manhunt followed that grew to be extensive in nature. Officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Waynesville Police Department, and Richland Police Department assisted in the search," PCSD said.
Friday, June 9, PCSD deputies discovered Cook near a mailbox belonging to him, according to the press release, and arrested him "without incident," after they had been canvassing the area around Boone Rd.
"David Cook has been charged by Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman with the following charges; domestic assault first degree, armed criminal action and kidnapping. The bond for David Cook was set at $500,000 and he remains in the Pulaski County jail," PCSD said.
PCSD went on to express its appreciation for the people living in the area of the manhunt and thank them for their assistance.
The Daily Guide will bring you more on this story, as it develops and court documents become available.