The ex-husband of a missing Tennessee teacher faces an attempted murder charge in Florida in a case involving another woman.
Tyler Mook, formerly of Bedford County, was being held on a $100,000 bond. The 34-year-old man was arrested Saturday after a warrant was issued stemming from a domestic battery incident in October when he allegedly tried to drown his girlfriend.
His ex-wife, Shelley Mook, disappeared in February 2011 and was last at Tyler Mook’s home where she had taken their 6-year-old daughter. The burned car of the Shelbyville middle school teacher was found the day she went missing near Murfreesboro.
Tyler Mook now lives in Palm City, Fla., and had been in a two-year relationship with Robin Donech when he attacked her on the Intracoastal Waterway, according to witnesses in a police report. Donech asked him to slow down in a manatee zone, triggering the attack, according to the report.
Mook and Donech were on a boat with his brother, Andrew Mook, and his brother’s girlfriend, Nicole Gvajardo, when the incident occurred.
Tyler Mook tried to rip off the top of Donech’s bathing suit then threw her into the water where he tried to keep her submerged, according to the report. She fought her way free once, but he immediately pushed her under again. Andrew Mook dove into the water and placed a choke hold on his brother, forcing him to release Donech.
Tyler Mook then swam back to the boat, where Gvajardo reported he told her: “No one disrespects me in front of my family. I will kill her.”
Andrew Mook stayed in the water with Donech until others in a passing boat picked her up and took her to safety. Donech told polcie she believed Tyler Mook was trying to drown her and would have if his brother had not intervened.