‘I Have to Keep Fighting’: Woman Beaten by Gillette Man Feared for Her Life
George Cook IV, 41, is charged of violating a no contact order and beating a woman at a local hotel to the point she feared for her life.
On Feb. 8, police were dispatched to the Arbuckle Lodge in response to a report of a woman who came downstairs to the lobby crying with her face and hands covered in blood.
The woman told hotel staff her boyfriend, Cook, had assaulted her and left the lodge in a hurry around 11:50 p.m., according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.
Police were granted access to the room where the alleged incident had occurred and found blood on the bed sheets, a pillow, and on several towels spread across the room.
Approximately one hour before he left, Cook was reportedly seen entering the hotel with the woman.
She reported to police that, while in the room, Cook became aggressive, calling her “a liar, a cheat, and a drunk,” court documents state.
When the woman informed Cook she was going to call an Uber and go home, the situation escalated.
Cook reportedly took her phone and broke the woman’s Samsung smartwatch, supposedly to prevent her from calling 911, and attacked the woman.
In the bedroom, the woman attempted to fight back, using every chance got to scream for help.
Cook held her down on the bed with one hand and covered the woman’s mouth with the other, telling her to “be quiet” and “shh,” according to the affidavit.
At one point, Cook allegedly struck the woman in the head and attempted to smother her.
The woman advised police that, during the attack, she panicked and remembered thinking, “I have to keep fighting, otherwise he is going to kill me,” the affidavit states.
Cook eventually ceased the assault, according to the report, and fled the hotel. The woman was treated for bruises and cuts to her face, head, arms, and red marks on her neck. She was also treated for a bloody nose.
She was transported by EMS to Campbell County Health.
Cook had previously been arrested, on Feb. 3, for domestic battery from another incident reportedly involving the same woman.
Cook was released from jail on bond prior to the Arbuckle Lodge incident, where he was reportedly ordered to have no contact with the woman.
Despite the order, however, Cook and the woman stayed together several nights at a different hotel, where he reportedly was becoming “irritated” with her for not contacting victim advocates to drop her no contact order, according to the affidavit.
Reportedly, they had been at the Arbuckle Lodge that night to work things out.
On Jan. 18, 2018, Cook and the woman were involved in yet another domestic violence incident in Oregon, where he was reportedly charged with a felony for breaking the woman’s nose and causing other injuries, the affidavit states.
Cook faces several felony charges to include domestic battery, aggravated assault and battery, strangulation of a household member, two counts of bond revocation, and failing to register as a convicted sex offender.
He is also charged with interfering with emergency calls and destruction of property.