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Man accused of carrying gun with drugs, fleeing arrest

Javon Cook

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man remains jailed on charges that he possessed drugs with a gun and tried to avoid arrest.

Javon Eugene Cook appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Thursday where he stands charged with possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon, possession of a gun with drugs, resisting arrest, manufacturing a controlled substance, providing a false identity to law enforcement, possession of a vehicle title issued to another person, operating an unlicensed vehicle and driving an uninsured vehicle.

Judge Amy Tisinger ordered Cook, 25, of Woodstock, to remain held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail pending his next appearance in the court scheduled for Aug. 17. Tisinger said she would grant a bond hearing for Cook when he appears with an attorney from the public defender’s office.

Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Deputy B.K. Dodson states in a criminal complaint that he received a call Aug. 4 about a suspicious vehicle in the area of Zion Church Road and Woodville Road in Maurertown. The caller reported that the vehicle, described as a white, four-door sedan with no hubcaps, traveled in the area without registration, the complaint states. The vehicle then pulled into a driveway in the 1300 block of Zion Church Road.

Dodson saw the vehicle in the driveway and Cook standing outside the car on the driver’s side, the complaint states. Dodson added  that he saw a female move from the passenger side to the driver’s seat. Cook told the deputy the female was teaching him how to drive a vehicle with manual transmission, the complaint states. Cook then provided the deputy with a false name and date of birth, the complaint notes.

“While Dodson was speaking to the female passenger, the accused took off on foot and lead (sic) law enforcement on a short foot pursuit,” the complaint states. “After the accused was detained he admitted to his actual name, who was wanted on a capias from Shenandoah (County) Circuit Court.”

A search of the vehicle resulted in authorities finding a black and silver box containing approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine, a .38 caliber special revolver, digital scales, two hypodermic needles, a brown leather wallet with the defendant’s Virginia identification card and a Social Security card and several plastic baggies.

The deputy stated the vehicle was not registered to Cook through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The vehicle tags did not return to the car through the DMV and the accused is listed as revoked with the department. The title to the vehicle located inside was signed “seller.” A check of Cook’s criminal history showed he is a convicted felon, the complaint states.

A checklist used by a magistrate to determine bail for the accused upon his arrest notes that the charges come with a presumption against releasing Cook on bond. The magistrate states on the checklist that Cook “refused to speak” when asked for information about his length of time in the community, family ties to the area, education and employment. The checklist also indicates Cook is on probation through Shenandoah and Frederick counties and has a criminal history that includes felony convictions as well as prior charges of failing to appear for scheduled court appearances.

The magistrate added on the checklist that Cook ran from law enforcement and was examined at the hospital.

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