Racine man caught shoplifting strikes and injures Racine Police Officer

cooperDomonic J. Cooper, 19 of Racine has been charged with Retail Theft – Intentionally Conceal (<=$500), Bail Jumping-Misdemeanor, Resist Officer – Substantial Bodily Harm/Soft Tissue Injury, and Battery or Threat to Judge, Prosecutor, or Law Enforcement Officer. He was given a $2,500 cash bond after making his initial appearance Tuesday in Racine Circuit Courts.

According to the criminal complaint on July 25,2016 at 1:27 p.m. officers with the Racine Police Department were dispatched to Shopko located at 4801 Washington Ave for a report of shoplifting in progress. Loss prevention personnel reported that they had four females and one male inside the store concealing items, and were putting them in a stroller with a child in it. Officers made contact with one party on the East side of the doors as the defendant was exiting the store pushing the stroller with the child inside.

The defendant as he was being placed in handcuffs attempted to escaped, cocking his elbow, swinging it around and striking the officer in the head. Officers were able to maintain a grasp on the defendant and he was taken into custody. The other female suspects exited the store during the struggle, the complaint reads. All parties were found to have stolen merchandise in their possession and were taken into custody and a relative responded and picked up the child.

According to the complaint, the defendant was found in possession of stolen boots he had put on his feet, a back pack, I Home wireless speaker, six shirts, two sticks of deodorants, and two packs of earrings. The officer was medically treated and was diagnosed by hospital staff as having a concussion from the defendant striking the officer in the head.

Court records show that the defendant was arrested and charged on July 18,2016 for Retail Theft – Intentionally Take (<=$500), and was out on a $200 signature bond