Floyd Ray Cook Manhunt: Friends of Fugitive Rapist Nabbed

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Authorities say shots fired at US Marshals, 1 arrested amid manhunt for Kentucky fugitive.

White House, Tenn. NASHVILLE — A Kentucky man accused of shooting a Tennessee police officer remains free after a manhunt Wednesday that ended with the arrest of his associates. “It does raise curiosity, these two suspects are known associates of Mr. Two “dangerous” acquaintances — and possible accomplices — of Cook were detained on Wednesday night and being questioned following a chase and search in the woods.

Floyd Ray Cook, 62, of Lebanon, Ky., faces an attempted murder charge in connection to the Saturday shooting that took place during a traffic stop in Putnam County, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said Monday. Marshals at a gas station in a small Tennessee town late Wednesday amid a manhunt for a Kentucky fugitive who’s been on the run for five days, authorities said. Marshals, who joined the search for Cook earlier this week, spotted a car they believed to be associated with him at the gas station, just off Interstate 65 north of Nashville, according to the U.S. Marshal Service is the lead agency working the case, but they are working in conjunction with multiple law enforcement agencies, including Tennessee Highway Patrol and Putnam County officers. When investigators began to approach the suspects’ vehicle, the driver tried to flee — striking two law enforcement vehicles and nearly striking a U.S.

McCarty — who he said was found “in a field, covered in mud and soaking wet” — has an “extensive record” with multiple warrants out for her arrest, Miller added. But he later described the situation as “fluid,” telling The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1Na4HkB ) that officials believe a man and woman were in the car, and that authorities believe the man was either Cook or Wayne, but they weren’t sure which. On Saturday, officers with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department responded to an officer-involved shooting in which, authorities say, Cook shot Officer Ahscari Valencia. Miller said the community of White House should be proud of their police department. “This is a demonstration of what law enforcement can do when we communicate with each other. They have no intention except to hurt someone, to get away, and they have proven that at least three times.” But police arrested Katie McCarty, Wayne’s girlfriend, when residents found her soaking wet and muddy moments after the shooting.

The manhunt comes nearly a year after police spent about seven weeks in search of Eric Frein, the survivalist accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper. Less than two hours later, a Kentucky State Police trooper recognized his truck and tried to stop him in rural Cumberland County, just inside the Kentucky state line.

Cook was convicted in 1971 of raping a 19-year-old woman in Marion County, Ky., and found guilty of multiple other crimes such as burglary, robbery and riot in the state over the next two decades, records show. Cumberland County school administrators have canceled classes for three days, fearful that their students might cross his path while waiting for the bus. Authorities have described Cook as “armed, dangerous and desperate.” They warned residents in White House, Tennessee, to lock their doors and call police if they encounter the suspects. Officials closed schools in Cumberland County, near the Tennessee border line, for the first three days of the week out of concerns for the students’ safety during the ongoing manhunt, CBS News reported. Administrators in Sumner County, which is close to the site of Wednesday night’s shooting, posted on Facebook that they would “assess the situation with law enforcement officials prior to the start of school tomorrow to make the best decision possible for the safety of our White House schools.”

In July, Cook was indicted on charges of first-degree trafficking in methamphetamine and tampering with physical evidence, according to Hardin County court records in Kentucky. Several months ago, the Marion County sheriff’s office, making routine checks on the sex offenders in the county, discovered he was no longer living there, said Sheriff Jimmy Clements. They pursued countless tips, and closed in on an area around Frein’s parents’ home in Canadensis, Penn., after he used his mobile phone to try contacting them, and the signal was traced to a location about three miles away.

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