Superintendent attacked while opening shop

By |  August 7, 2014 0 Comments

Bob Cook, superintendent at Walden on Lake Houston in Humble, Texas, was attacked by a man while he was sitting in his office in the early morning hours last week.

The attacker punched Cook, dragged him over his desk and demanded his wallet. The loud commotion drew the attention of a co-worker who was also in the shop. The co-worker ran into Cook’s office armed with a bunker rake, causing the attacker to flee on foot. The police were immediately called but the attacker was not found.

“I haven’t been punched in the face since junior high,” Cook says. “37 years of comfort changed in an instant, and I’m sure there are thousands out there in the same comfort zone I was in.”

As a result of the attack, Cook has changed the shop opening procedures at Walden on Lake Houston. The new procedures are:

1. Facility will be in lock-down until several employees are on
site. Doors will not open until this has happened.
2. There should always be a BUDDY SYSTEM in place. If you need
to be there early have someone come in with you.
3. Do not think ‘This can’t happen to me, I have been doing it for

“I’m OK, but it was a scary, scary ordeal,” Cook says. “People would benefit from opening their eyes and being on guard.”

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