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Wauconda man charged after 8-hour standoff with police

Joseph T. Koza, 32, was charged with reckless conduct and aggravated assault following an eight-hour standoff with police Jan. 30, according to a news release from Wauconda police.
Joseph T. Koza, 32, was charged with reckless conduct and aggravated assault following an eight-hour standoff with police Jan. 30, according to a news release from Wauconda police.

WAUCONDA – A Wauconda man who barricaded himself in his home and surrendered after an eight-hour standoff with police was charged Monday. 

Joseph T. Koza, 32, was charged with two counts of reckless conduct and two counts of aggravated assault, according to a news release from Wauconda police. 

About 4:40 p.m. Jan. 30, police were called to the 600 block of East Bonner Road in Wauconda for a domestic in progress involving Koza and his mother and father, police said. 

Koza’s parents informed police that their son had cut himself and poured gasoline throughout the residence, police said. 

Officers spoke with Koza but were unable to enter the residence, so they called the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Illinois State Police SWAT, the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System and the Wauconda Fire District to assist.

Koza eventually surrendered after several hours of negotiation in the front yard of his residence, and he was taken into custody at 12:55 a.m. Jan. 31, police said. He was taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington for a psychological evaluation.

Koza posted 10 percent of his $75,000 bond Monday, police said.

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