Illinois homicide suspect with $5M warrant arrested in Phoenix after DPS traffic stop

Jan 29, 2022, 6:30 AM

David Arthur Cooper (Arizona Department of Public Safety Photo)...

David Arthur Cooper (Arizona Department of Public Safety Photo)

(Arizona Department of Public Safety Photo)

PHOENIX — A traffic stop in Phoenix earlier this month resulted in a man wanted for homicide in Illinois being arrested by an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper, authorities said.

David Arthur Cooper, 32, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail after the traffic stop on Jan. 11 and was pending extradition back to Illinois, according to a press release Thursday.

He was the subject of a $5 million warrant for a homicide that took place in Rockford, Illinois, authorities said.

Authorities say Cooper was pulled over for driving his white Jeep Compass dangerously near 29th and Van Buren streets, in addition to having an equipment violation.

Cooper provided a trooper with false identification during the traffic stop and was detained, authorities said.

His true identity was later revealed while in custody.

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Illinois homicide suspect with $5M warrant arrested in Phoenix after DPS traffic stop