A Joliet woman’s ex-boyfriend battered her and her two teenage daughters while armed with a gun, then held the law at bay for nearly three hours before surrendering early Saturday, police said.
The ex-boyfriend, 40-year-old Karl Cooks, was arrested and jailed after he emerged from the barricaded home on Kinsey Avenue near Central avenue, police said.
Cooks was booked on probable cause of aggravated domestic battery, defacing firearm identification markings, possession of a weapon by a felon, illegal possession of ammunition and resisting a police officer, according to Will County jail records.
Shortly before 5 a.m., officers “responded to a residence in the 1300 block of Kinsey Avenue in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance,” police said.
Cooks resides on the same block, jail records show.
Officers on the scene “determined that a female adult and her two children had been battered by Cooks, her ex-boyfriend,” police said. “Further investigation indicated that Cooks entered the residence while in possession of a firearm at which time he entered an upstairs bedroom and struck the female adult in the face.”
After Cooks struck his ex-girlfriend in the face, her 13-year-old daughter “attempted to intervene at which time Cooks struck her multiple times about the face and body,” police said.
The woman’s 17-year-old daughter then “attempted to intervene and Cooks struck her multiple times as well,” police said.
A 2-year-old girl who was in the house was not harmed, according to police.
The woman managed to escape the house and call 911, police said.
Cook answered the door for officers but “refused to exit the home and closed the door,” according to police. The officers then determined the teens and the 2-year-old girl were still inside the house.
The police department’s SWAT team arrived and crisis negotiators made “contact with Cooks by phone and he agreed to exit the home,” police said.
Cooks surrendered shortly before 7 a.m., according to police, and officers found a firearm after searching the house.
The woman and her teenage daughters were evaluated by fire department paramedics but were not transported to the hospital.
Cooks had been free on bond prior to his most recent arrest Saturday. He was arrested in August on a charge of possession of a controlled substance and his case remains pending.
Source: The Daily Chronicle