Man accused of robbing Uber driver, barricading self in hotel taken into custody

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SOUTH SALT LAKE (News4Utah)- The person accused of robbing an Uber driver with a stun gun and barricading himself in a hotel room has been booked into jail. 

It happened around 9:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn located at 2455 South State Street.

Police say Thomas Cooper, 27 of Salt Lake City, asked the Uber driver if he could help him grab a few things from his hotel room.

When the driver, Lansing Reavley entered the room, police say Cooper closed the door, pulled out a stun gun, and demanded some money. Lansing said tried to bargain with Cooper and gave his cell phone. 

“I’m ready to go when it is my time. But today, it didn’t feel like it was my time,” Lansing said.

Cooper then kicked the driver out of the room and then barricaded himself inside, police say.

Just before 12:30 the Cooper was taken into custody without anyone getting hurt. 

Cooper was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for suspicion of felony aggravated robbery, unlawfully possessing a dangerous weapon and offering to commit a sexual act for a fee. 

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