Carjacking suspect has lengthy criminal history, struck plea deal in March

Dakota Cook
Dakota Cook

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man accused of carjacking someone, leading officers on a chase and then firing a gun at police got out of jail earlier this year in a plea deal and light sentencing by a judge.

State Police say Dakota Cook, 24, carjacked a man at gunpoint in Edgewood on Friday. He stole a blue Corvette and then, hours later, was spotted in Los Lunas by LLPD officers.

When those LLPD officers tried to stop him, State Police say he tried to run them over in the Corvette and sped off.

Cook and his passenger, 28-year-old Sheliky Sanchez, then ditched the car on I-25 just north of Los Lunas and took off on foot. State Police say Cook fired a gun at officers, who fired back. The two were then arrested.

Turns out, it’s not the first time Cook has been involved in a crime like this.

Back in December of 2014, he was arrested for taking Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputies on a chase in a stolen vehicle on Alameda and attempting to ram a deputy in the process. But, he was released from jail when the charges were temporarily dismissed.

Then in February 2015, he was arrested for again taking Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputies on a chase on I-40. That ended in a crash near Ladera and I-40. The charges in this case were also dismissed, this time for good due to an incomplete case.

The charges for the Dec. 2014 case were refiled shortly after that. Cook, who was already in jail for the February incident, posted bond and then skipped his next court appearance.

Albuquerque police tracked him down to a home in the Heights on April 17, 2015, where a standoff ensued. He eventually surrendered and was arrested and charged for driving another stolen vehicle.

He struck a plea deal for the April 17 stolen vehicle case and the December 2014 case in March of 2016. Out of the seven charges against him, he was convicted of just three.

Judge Brett Loveless decided that Cook’s one year in jail at MDC from his April 17 arrest to March 22 was enough time served — so he sentenced Cook to four and a half years probation in a deferred sentence.

That means since Cook has found himself in trouble again, he’ll likely serve those four and a half years.

KRQE News 13 also learned that Cook has been charged for more than 25 crimes out of the Gallup area — many of those violent felonies — but only convicted of two of them: driving without a license and DWI.

Most of the Gallup-area charges were dismissed.

Cook and Sanchez are expected to face a judge in Los Lunas soon for this most recent incident. State Police say Cook is also considered a person of interest in a violent crime in Albuquerque.

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