Hammond Police: Citizen Tip Leads to Felony Stalking, Drug Charges

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Hammond Police say that suspect had pocket knives, a hand held taser, binoculars, a Go-Pro type camera, a baseball bat, hammers and coiled rope, either on his person or next to him in the SUV and credit great police work for averting a potentially life threatening situation.

April 9, 2018-Hammond Police say a call for a suspicious vehicle and good police work led to felony stalking and drug charges earlier today. According to the statement, the incident began yesterday when March 28th 2018, the Hammond Police Department received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle sitting, occupied, in the 7400-7500 blks of McCook Ave. On today’s date, Sgt. Bartley was on routine patrol when he exercised the initiative to check the area again. Sgt. Bartley was able to locate the vehicle reported yesterday and began to investigate.

” Sgt. Bartley approached the vehicle, which was parked, and contacted and identified the driver. During the course of this contact, Sgt. Bartley, backed up by Officer Stombaugh, discovered that the driver was carrying pocket knives, a hand held taser, binoculars, a Go-Pro type camera, a baseball bat, hammers and coiled rope, either on his person or next to him in the SUV. The driver of the vehicle stated that he was waiting for his girlfriend. Another responding officer, Officer Anderson, located and contacted this female at a residence in the 7500 block of McCook. She stated she had a long history of being harassed, battered and confined by this subject.”

Sgt. Bartley and Officer Stombaugh took the subject into custody due to these findings. Charges were filed with the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office for Felony Stalking and Felony Cocaine possession. Suspect was found to have an extensive criminal history that involved charges of confinement, harassment, drug trafficking and handgun related offenses and is a convicted felon.

Police say that absent the report of the astute citizen and great police work by Sergeant Bartley, Officer Anderson, Officer Stombaugh, Det. Jajowka and all other officers the case very well may have developed into a life threatening situation if not for their efforts.

All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.

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