Medina Police on Sunday arrested Minnesota Timberwolf Dante Cunningham for the second time in four days — this time on suspicion of making terroristic threats.
He was taken to Hennepin County Jail, where he was held without bail. No court date was set.
According to Minnesota law, a terroristic threat charge applies in situations were someone directly or indirectly threatens to commit violence for the purpose of terrorizing someone else.
Cunningham was arrested by Medina Police for the first time on Thursday, April 3 at his home on Medina Road in Medina. On Saturday the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged him with felony domestic assault by strangulation. He was released on $40,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.
That evening he played 33 minutes for the Timberwolves in their road loss to the Orlando Magic. He scored 12 points and bagged six rebounds. He is in the final season of a three-year, $6.3 million contract with the Timberwolves.
Cunningham, 26, is expected to make his first court appearance Monday in relation to the domestic assault charge.
According to the criminal complaint relating to the first arrest, Medina Police responded to a report of a domestic assault from a residence in the 400 block of Medina Road at 4:01 a.m., Thursday, April 3. When officers met with an adult female, they noticed that she had redness and marks on the left side of her neck.
She told police that she has been in a romantic relationship with Cunningham since last summer, according to the complaint. They have lived in the same residence for the past eight months. Recently, they have been having problems with their relationship. That morning, they had an argument and he left. The victim locked the bedroom door behind him.
When Cunningham returned, he kicked in the bedroom door, grabbed the victim around the neck and slammed her against the wall, according to the complaint. He strangled her for approximately 15 to 20 seconds, during which she could not breath. Her eyes were watering and she felt like she was being strangled to death. He dropped her and left. Then she called 911. Cunningham returned home while police officers were present, and they arrested him.