A Waukegan man, who has been charged in 18 different cases in Lake County alone in the past two years, was arrested last week after he allegedly fled from police while handcuffed in Waukegan.
Dominic Longmire, 24, of Waukegan, was charged with felon escape from a peace officer.
Longmire was arrested by Waukegan police on October 5 after a series of retail thefts, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris said during a bond hearing.
He made suicidal statements while in custody and paramedics were called to evaluate him.
Longmire had his handcuffs in the front due to a dislocated shoulder, Katris said.
As officers were walking him to the ambulance, he allegedly broke free and ran away.
He was found minutes later and was taken back into custody, Katris said.
Longmire has 18 criminal cases in Lake County in the last two years, court records show. Almost half of them are for theft.
In September, Longmire took several items from Burlington Coat Factory and left without paying, Katris said. He was previously banned from the store.
He also allegedly stole from other businesses including Walgreens, Aldi and Jewel-Osco.
On June 2, Longmire allegedly fled from police after Walgreens’ employees observed him stuffing his pockets with merchandise.
Prosecutors said he jumped over fences and ended up in the backyard of a home, which was owned by a Zion police sergeant.
Longmire was also arrested in January 2018 for failing to appear in court in a Waukegan robbery case where he pleaded guilty.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak set Longmire’s bond at $200,000.
He remains held at the Lake County Jail. A status of preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 19.