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KINGSTON — Police arrested a man they allege stole items from a vehicle and pushed a woman to the ground early Monday morning.


Christian James Cooper, 19, address listed as homeless, was arraigned on charges of robbery, theft, providing false identification to law enforcement, loitering and prowling at night and harassment. He remained jailed Tuesday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaint:


A woman on Parkway Boulevard looked out her house window and saw a man, identified as Cooper, in her vehicle just before 3 a.m. Monday. The woman screamed for her boyfriend in her residence and confronted Cooper.


Cooper ran toward the Susquehanna River, where he eluded capture after a search by police in Kingston, Edwardsville, Forty Fort, Swoyersville and Wilkes-Barre.


Police said they recovered an Apple iPod, a Mag-Light flashlight, a black shirt, a lottery ticket and two packs of unopened cigarettes during the pursuit, according to the complaint.


Later police from Edwardsville and Forty Fort captured Cooper when he was spotted walking on Third Avenue in Kingston.


An electronic fingerprint analysis revealed Cooper was wanted by the Luzerne County Juvenile Probation Department on a parole violation, the complaint says.


Cooper is facing additional charges for allegedly stealing items from other vehicles, including a wallet containing identification a Pennsylvania Game Commission badge, police said.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Oct. 23 before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.


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