LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin Police Department arrested a 27-year-old man Monday in connection to allegations that he brandished two knives and tried to rob a woman at her home in the 200 block of Raguet.
Christopher Lee Cook, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County jail on a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge and a Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $10,500.
According to the narrative of the Lufkin Police Department report, an LPD officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South Raguet Street at about 12:37 p.m. Monday in reference to an attempted robbery that had just occurred. When the officer arrived on the scene, the alleged victim told him that a white man covered in tattoos had attempted to rob her with two knives.
The woman also told the officer that the suspect was wearing a white tank top and shorts and was riding a bicycle.
A short time later, the officer spotted a man matching that description on Raguet Street near where the attempted robbery took place, the report stated. The LPD officer got out of his patrol unit, drew his gun, and told the man, who was later identified as Cook to get on the ground.
Cook did what he was told, and the officer took him into custody. The report stated that Cook told the officer that he had been coming from his friend's home on House Street.
When the officer asked Cook if he had any weapons on him, he allegedly said no. However, when the LPD officer checked Cook's backpack, he found two knives, "two ratcheting wrench sockets with tape on one end believed to be used as drug paraphernalia," a sliver baggie labeled "Mr. High Skunk" containing some kind of leafy substance, a gold necklace with a dolphin pendant, two gold ring, a gold class ring, and several assorted gold earrings.
At that point, the Lufkin PD officer went back to talk to the victim of the attempted robbery. The woman told him that she was inside her garage when she turned around and found Cook standing behind her with two open knives, the report stated.
According to the report, the woman said that Cook told her he needed money, and she told him she didn't have any. She also said she was scared, according to the report.
Then the woman's dog came around the corner and scared Cook off, the report stated.
When asked for his side of what happened, Cook told the LPD officer that he had been trying to sell the woman the knives for a dollar apiece, the report stated.
"Cook said that he was riding past the house when her dog came out and started chasing him," the report stated.
Cook told the officer that he stopped at the end of the driveway and never went inside the woman's garage, the report said. He also reportedly said he had the knives in his hand, but they weren't open.
The report stated that Cook told the officer that he then went to his friend's home on House Street, and then the Lufkin PD officer confronted him after he passed by the woman's house again.