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Thursday, June 28, 2012

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District Man Indicted on Murder and Other Charges
In Slaying of Woman in Northeast Washington
- Attack Took Place in February 2012, Defendant Remains at Large -

     WASHINGTON - Reynaud Cook, 28, of Washington, D.C., was indicted today on murder and other charges stemming from a shooting that led to the death of a woman in Northeast Washington earlier this year, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     A grand jury returned the indictment in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, charging Cook with first-degree murder while armed, first-degree cruelty to children, second-degree cruelty to children, weapons offenses, and contempt of court for violating a civil protection order. If convicted, Cook faces a potential sentence of life in prison.

     According to the government’s evidence, on Feb. 15, 2012, at about 7:20 p.m., the victim, Yolanda Stone, 30, drove to the 3300 block of Alden Place NE to pick up one of her children that she had in common with Cook. Ms. Stone had previously obtained a civil protection order requiring Cook to stay 100 feet away from her. When Ms. Stone, along with two other minor children, arrived to pick up the child, she parked her truck in the middle of the street.

     Cook allegedly approached Ms. Stone while she was near her vehicle, argued with her, and pulled a weapon. Ms. Stone attempted to run away. Within a few feet of the truck, and in the presence of the three children, Cook shot her in the head and in multiple places in her body.

     Cook then fled the scene, abandoning the children. On May 20, 2012, Ms. Stone died as a result of the gunshot wounds. Cook remains at large. Anyone having information about his whereabouts should call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.

     An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

     This case is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Wright.





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