Police say 43 Y.O. Pete Johns and 22 Y.O. Christopher Johns battered Detective Sgt John Suarez and attempted to take his gun on July 28, 2017.
September 11, 2017-Hammond Police are seeking assistance from the public in apprehending the individual above. According to Lt. Steven Kellogg, “On July 28, Detective Sergeant John Suarez was investigating an arson at the Speedway gas station located at 4705 Calumet and was asked to speak to two people that were trespassing at their store. Detective Suarez was attempting to identify the subjects when the subjects attempted to push past him. One subject, later
identified as Christopher Johns, came behind Detective Suarez and began to punch him in the face and head. The other subject then joined in and began to assault Detective Suarez at the same time.”
Detective Sergeant Suarez was fighting with both subjects but was ultimately forced to the ground according to the report. Lt. Kellogg says ” Both subjects attempted to grab the firearm of Detective Suarez.” Pete Johns was arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail where he is being held on $80,000 bail. Pete Johns and Christopher Johns have both been charged with disarming a law enforcement officer, a level 5 felony, battery on a police officer resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony, and resisting a law enforcement officer, a level 6 felony. According to Court records, Christopher Johns was also arrested on scene and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, a level 6 felony. Christopher Johns posted a $1500 cash bond and was released. The charges were later upgraded to battery on a law enforcement officer resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony, and disarming a law enforcement officer, a level 5 felony. A warrant was then issued for the arrest of Christopher Johns.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Christopher John is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. If you see Christopher John, do not attempt to detain or apprehend him. Call 9-1-1.
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