A convicted felon is being held on a $5 million bond after prosecutors say he shot a gun through a woman’s Waukegan home, forced his way inside and held a gun to her head on New Year’s Day.
Murray Cobb, 54, of Waukegan, was charged with home invasion with a firearm, armed violence, aggravated discharge of a firearm at an occupied building, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, manufacture or delivery of a schedule 4 drug, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated fleeing, driving on a revoked license, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, two counts of disregarding a stop sign, driving 15-20 mph above the speed limit and disregarding a traffic controlled device.
Prosecutors with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said during a bond hearing that Cobb showed up at his estranged wife’s residence in Waukegan on Sunday and began banging on the back door several times.
He then allegedly fired a gun through the door.
Cobb broke a window, unlocked the back door through the broken window and made entry into the victim’s residence, prosecutors said.
The victim locked herself in a bedroom, but Cobb allegedly entered and pointed a gun at her face.
Cobb told the victim to give him her car keys, prosecutors said.
The victim complied but realized her house keys were attached to the car keys.
When the victim grabbed Cobb’s hand to get the keys back, Cobb held the gun to the woman’s head a second time, prosecutors said.
Cobb eventually gave the victim her keys so she could take the house key off.
The victim removed her house keys and gave Cobb the car keys.
Cobb then fled the scene, prosecutors said.
One of the responding Waukegan police officers saw Cobb driving his vehicle.
That officer pursued Cobb and saw him run a stop sign, prosecutors said. He allegedly fled police at a high rate of speed.
Additional officers saw the man run another stop sign and he later lost control and crashed his car.
Officers arrested Cobb and found a loaded Ruger handgun in the cup holder, prosecutors said.
Cobb was also allegedly found with crack cocaine, heroin and over $2,000 cash in his pockets.
Cobb is a convicted felon, does not possess a concealed carry license and has a revoked driver’s license.
Court records show the man has several active criminal cases in Lake County, including DUI.
Lake County Judge Bolling Haxall set Cobb’s bond at $5,000,000, meaning he would need to post $500,000 cash in order to be released.
Cobb remains held at the Lake County Jail.
He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on January 25.