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Chicago Man Charged with Attempted Criminal Sexual Abuse

March 6, 2020

A 60-year-old Chicago man has been charged with multiple felonies after he solicited an undercover Cook County Sheriff’s Police officer who was posing as a teenage boy on a dating app, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. The man, identified as Zasimo Bahonsua was arres... [Read More]

Two Charged with Murder of Des Plaines Man

March 4, 2020

Two teenagers have been charged with murder in connection with a man found shot to death in unincorporated Maine Township, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 28, Sheriff’s Police received a report of a person laying in th... [Read More]

Sheriff’s Office Warns Public of Phone Scam

February 28, 2020

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn the public of a phone scam in which the caller identifies himself as “Sgt. Dennis Peterson” or “Lt. Jonathan Moore” and claims to be an employee the Sheriff’s Office. The calls have originated from multiple diff... [Read More]

National Sex Buyer Stings Reach 10,000 Arrests

February 5, 2020

A national operation aimed at deterring johns and disrupting the online facilitation of sex trafficking made its 10,000th arrest since 2011 during the latest sting, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. The 10,000th arrest was made during the 19th National John... [Read More]

Sheriff Announces Program to Help At-Risk Missing

December 18, 2019

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is making free scent kits and training available to the public to assist in locating individuals with autism or dementia who may wander away, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. Approximately half of autistic children age 14 or younger ... [Read More]

Sheriff Announces Operation Deadly Distractions

October 29, 2019

Cook County Sheriff’s Police have launched “Operation Deadly Distractions” to curb the rampant and dangerous use of cell phones by motorists, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced at an October 23rd press conference with national safety experts. Sheriff’s Police began the... [Read More]

Historic International Detainee Chess Tournament Held

August 6, 2019

Detainees in seven countries spanning multiple continents participated in a historic chess tournament that concluded Tuesday, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. Detainees at Cook County Jail competed against prisoners from Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, England, ... [Read More]