Dante Cunningham, 26, a professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves, was arrested early morning April 3 in Medina after police responded to a domestic incident.
Medina Police report that at approximately 4:01 a.m., a Medina officer assisted by a Corcoran officer responded to a report of a physical domestic at the 400 block of Medina Road.
“Upon arrival, officers made contact with a female victim who stated she had been assaulted, no medical treatment was needed,” Medina Police said in a press release. Police said the suspect, Cunningham, had left the scene, but that during the course of the investigation, returned and was subsequently taken into custody without incident and booked into the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Facility.
Medina Police Chief Ed Belland said the reported assault was a physical assault, not a sexual assault. It reportedly took place in Cunningham’s home, where the victim also lives. Medina Police are awaiting a “thumbs up or thumbs down” from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office about charges. If Cunningham is charged, it is likely to be sometime Friday. A 36 hour deadline for charging the suspect would end at noon on Saturday.
Hennepin County Sheriff Public Information Officer Jennifer Johnson confirmed that Cunningham was still in jail as of Thursday afternoon.
Corcoran Lt. John Hamilton said mutual aid requests are common for domestic incidents.
“In this case I would be surprised to believe the officers knew who this was,” Hamilton said, “but we send multiple cars to any domestic incident. The name was not a factor and I doubt our officer knew his name. It’s common practice that we send multiple squads for officers’ safety and everyone’s safety.”
The case remains under investigation.