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Would-Be Court Escapee Bounces Off Bulletproof Glass, Has Bond Upped to $1.5M


A defendant awaiting a court appearance in bond violation matter concerning an aggravated battery case wound up in a lot more trouble yesterday after he allegedly tried to sprint away from security checkpoint at a courthouse in suburban Chicago.

A videotape shows a man identified as Travis Copeland, 19, running down an elevated interior walkway from the Lake County Courthouse toward the Lake County Jail. Then he apparently tries to throw himself through a second-story window there, approximately 40 feet above street level, but bounces harmlessly off the bulletproof glass, reports the Chicago Tribune, which provides a link to the surveillance video.

Quickly surrounded by officers, Copeland is handcuffed and taken back to court, where a judge increased his bond from $50,000 to $1.5 million, the newspaper recounts. He is also expected to face a new charge of felony escape.

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