Vegas police hold Cook in wife's slaying

Las Vegas authorities have arrested Steven Arthur Cook, 41, who had been sought by Kingman police since the Dec.

26 shooting death of his wife and wounding of her male friend.

Cook is being held on a warrant charging him with second-degree murder in the slaying of Bonnie Lynn Cook, 36.

The warrant also charges Steven Cook with aggravated assault of David Ralph Thompson, 36, whom Kingman police believe was Bonnie Cook's boyfriend.

The shootings occurred at Bonnie Cook's residence in the 2000 block of Davis Avenue.

Detectives Rusty Cooper and Dave Coffin drove to Las Vegas as soon as they received word of Cook's arrest Monday, Kingman police Lt.

Dean Brice said.

They questioned Cook before he was booked, but Brice said he does not know whether Cook will waive his right to contest extradition to Arizona.

Brice said Cook was to have a court appearance in Las Vegas, possibly today.

Brice said a relative of Bonnie Cook supplied a business address of an uncle to Cook on Monday and that Kingman detectives asked Las Vegas Metro Police to watch the address.

Members of the Criminal Apprehension Team, a task force comprised of officers from Las Vegas Metro, North Las Vegas and Henderson police and the FBI, went to a computer business in the 2500 block of East Fremont Street.

owned by Ron Cook, uncle of Steven Cook, early Monday afternoon, Brice said.

Cook was in a back room to the business when officers arrived.

"The uncle apparently did not know Cook was wanted," Brice said.

"He told CAT members Cook had come by to borrow money because his car and motorcycle were in storage and his wife had kicked him out."

Ron Cook said his nephew was in a back room, Brice recounted, but Steven Cook had exited through a back door when officers checked that room.

Ron Cook provided the name and address of a motel on East Ogden Road where his nephew was staying, and officers arrived at that location about 1:15 p.m.

Las Vegas time.

"Officers found Steven Cook in the process of leaving the motel with his belongings," Brice said.

"As they approached him, he said, 'I'm Steven Cook and you guys are looking for me.' "

Brice said officers found marijuana in possession of they man they arrested.

"As soon as we got word of (Cook's) arrest we began calling family and friends to let them know he had been apprehended," Brice said.

"Everyone was on pins and needles and living in fear.

"We must have made more than a dozen calls to notify everyone involved of his arrest."

Brice said Cook had been checked into the motel since Feb.


But he did not know whether Cook registered under his own name.

Kingman police say Bonnie Cook was shot once in the back.

She had no pulse and was not breathing when emergency personnel arrived and was rushed to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Thompson stopped by the residence and was shot after getting out of his vehicle.

Thompson fled on foot to a nearby residence to call police and later was taken to KRMC with a bullet wound to the buttocks.

Cook's vehicle was found the following day in the 3100 block of Mark Drive.