Arkansas woman arrested in attempted murder of marshal
Published 9:15 am Friday, May 22, 2020
(AP) — An Arkansas woman is being held without bond for her alleged role in the attempted murder of a deputy U.S. Marshal in Mississippi.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Mississippi’s Northern District said in a news release Thursday that Xaveriana Cook, 23, appeared in U.S. Magistrate Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on multiple charges from a shoot-out in Oxford on May 15.
U.S. Marshals were trying to arrest Cook’s boyfriend, Hunter Carlstrom, on a warrant charging him with the May 5 murder of James “Caveman” Sartorelli who was shot in the head at his home in Smithville, Arkansas.
Authorities made a traffic stop May 15 and Carlstrom and Cook were together in her car when members of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force tried to arrest Carlstrom on the warrant. During the stop, Carlstrom shot a deputy and law enforcement returned fire, killing him.
At Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting, Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill identified the deputy as Bob Dickerson, who sustained internal injuries that required surgery, The Oxford Eagle reported. His condition was not immediately available Thursday.
Cook was arrested on several charges including transportation of stolen firearms, possession of stolen firearms, and aiding and abetting the attempt to kill a deputy U.S. Marshal. Authorities testified at the detention hearing that officers found stolen guns that had been taken from Sartorelli’s house.
After about three hours of testimony, U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy Percy found that Cook presented a flight risk and ordered her held without bond. It was not immediately known whether she’s represented by an attorney who could speak on her behalf.