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Man wanted for robbery, theft arrested after standoff

Cory R. Cooper
Cory R. Cooper

WAUKEGAN – Sheriff’s police dogs aided in the arrest of a man on outstanding warrants after a brief standoff with officers in Waukegan, police said.

Members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Team arrested Cory R. Cooper, 22, who was wanted for robbery stemming from an investigation conducted by the Mundelein Police Department, according to a news release. Cooper also was wanted for felony theft charges from a Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigation. 

The bond amounts on the warrants totaled $110,000. 

Cooper previously was convicted of pointing a firearm at police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

Members of the Sheriff’s Warrants Team developed information that Cooper was living at a family member’s home in the 500 block of Cummings Avenue, Waukegan. The residence is a single-family home, subdivided into two apartments. 

About 9 a.m. July 24, members of the Sheriff’s Warrants Team conducted surveillance at the residence and observed Cooper come outside briefly before going back inside. Warrants deputies approached the house and Cooper tried to flee out a bathroom window, but retreated back into the house when he saw deputies and Waukegan police officers in the back, police said.

Warrants deputies entered the home and Cooper left his apartment and used an access door to hide in a second-level foyer leading to the other apartment.

Cooper concealed himself under blankets in the foyer and initially refused to leave his hiding spot. Sheriff’s canines Dax and Duke arrived and began aggressively barking at Cooper. He then surrendered without incident and was taken into custody. 

Cooper was being held at the Lake County Jail. 

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