She knew him as Kristopher Nicholas. To her, the 28-year-old man was friendly, funny, wellspoken and caring.
But a month after he started crashing on her couch, the Victoria woman turned in Kristopher Cook to police to face two charges of fraud under $5,000 in Alberta.
The pair were introduced through a mutual friend online, almost a year after a 2011 fundraiser was held in Calgary to help him with treatments for cancer - a disease that friends now allege he didn't have.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, told the Calgary Herald that Cook was having troubles finding somewhere to live, so she offered her couch if he ever came to Victoria. He took her up on the offer.
On Aug. 8, she went with a friend and picked up Cook at the airport with a "substantial" amount of luggage.
"I had absolutely no idea about the stuff that was going on," the woman said.
They spent summer days at the beach, the pub and going to the movies.
He never once brought up having cancer, or the allegations former friends were making in Calgary.
Cook shaved his beard and said he was looking for a job, eventually finding one. He didn't use drugs and didn't drink much, she said.
On Sept. 5, Calgary police issued arrest warrants for Cook. Randomly searching the news, she found an article the next day about him online. She confronted him late that night.
The woman was already in contact with Crime Stoppers, and said Calgary police were working on extending the warrant to British Columbia.
On Sept. 11, Victoria police arrived at the apartment, looking for Cook.
"He didn't struggle, he didn't fight," she said.
Cook was whisked away to the Victoria police station and taken to Calgary a few days later.
"It was the right thing to do and I was happy that I did it," the woman said.
"But at the same time, you have to remember that this person for months I had considered to be one of my closest friends."
Shortly after arriving in Calgary, Cook was attacked in Calgary Remand Centre. He remains in hospital, recovering from his injuries.
Cook is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
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