Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of threatening police officer with a knife

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St., is pictured Sept. 15, 2018.

A Lawrence man was charged Monday in Douglas County District Court with wielding a knife at a law enforcement officer.

Michael Anthony Cook, 54, faces one felony count of aggravated assault, one felony count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and one felony count of interfering with law enforcement.

Cook was arrested around 11:15 p.m. Friday in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden, 1045 Massachusetts St., according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. He is alleged to have threatened a person with a knife and, when officers arrived, to have also threatened one of the officers, said Lawrence Police Department spokesperson Laura McCabe.

No one was injured during the incident, and Cook was checked for an injury to his arm that occurred prior to the incident, McCabe said.

During Cook’s first appearance on Monday, Judge Blake Glover asked Cook if he would like a court-appointed attorney.

“I broke my arm and lost my job. I need an attorney. I haven’t committed any of these crimes,” Cook said.

Glover appointed Michael Clarke as Cook’s attorney and retained a $20,000 cash bond that had previously been set. Cook is currently being held at the Douglas County Jail.

Editor’s note: This story has been revised to correct the day of Cook’s arrest.


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