Police: Man Charged With Unlawful Use of Weapon After Threatening Co-Worker

Police: Man Charged With Unlawful Use of Weapon After Threatening Co-Worker

In the wake of the Feb. 15 tragedy at the Pratt facility in Aurora, police are taking no chances with potential workplace violence.

A Dolton man was arrested Thursday after threatening to pull a handgun on a co-worker, the Aurora Police Department said in a Friday news release. A loaded weapon and extra magazines were discovered in his work locker.


David Cox, of the 14000 block of Ingleside Avenue, Dolton, faces misdemeanor charges after police say he threatened to pull a handgun on a co-worker earlier in the week. The co-worker and another employee who reportedly witnessed Cox with a gun reported the incident to supervisors, who immediately contacted the police.

At around noon Wednesday, May 1, Aurora police officers responded to Glanbia Performance Nutrition, 600 Commerce Ave., to investigate a report of an employee with a weapon who had threatened another worker.

Upon arrival, police met with plant managers who explained that earlier in the week, Cox told a co-worker that he was going to “Pull a (pistol) on you.”

Later in the day, another employee reportedly observed Cox wearing a fanny pack which he believed contained a weapon. The employees eventually notified management, who immediately called police.

A search of Cox’s work locker revealed the described fanny pack, which contained a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun loaded with 14 rounds, and two additional loaded magazines with 27 additional rounds. Cox does not have a valid FOID card.

Cox, a temporary employee with Glanbia Performance, was arrested on scene and transported to the Aurora Police Department. The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized misdemeanor charges against Cox as follows:

  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon: Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of a Firearm w/o FOID Card: Class A Misdemeanor

It is unknown if later consideration will be made to enhance these charges to appropriate felony charges.

Cox will appear in court in DuPage County at a future date.

Charges are not proof of guilt. Cox is presumed innocent and is entitled to fair trials at which it is the burden of the state to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release

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