Story by E’Lyse Golden, Investigative Reporter
On November 22, the Garland County Sherriff’s Patrol responded to a call on Joyce Street after the homeowner reported two intruders in her home. The victim claimed that Stephen Taylor, 41, of Joyce Street in Hot Springs, grabbed her and bit her on the leg.
The victim reported that Taylor kicked her front door down causing the door jam to break and entered her residence. Aisha Cook, 21, of Kentucky Derby Drive in Hot Springs, walked into the home through the open door caused by her boyfriend after she heard yelling. Corporal Hawthorn and Deputy Helms arrived at the scene and found Taylor and Cook inside of the residence.
Both Taylor and Cook stated that they used methamphetamine and entered the home without permission. Cook was arrested for criminal trespassing on a $750 bond and transported to the Garland County Detention Center. She also had an outstanding arrest warrant from Saline County, but did not meet extradition requirements. Taylor was transported by LifeNet to the hospital and charged with residential burglary with a bond of $5,000.
The victim provided photographs of her legs to investigators which showed bruising from Taylor’s bite.
Cook has a court date scheduled for December 12.