Five Porter County jail inmates try to start riot
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent April 15, 2013 12:12PM
Justin Antecki. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 15, 2013 10:39PM
VALPARAISO — Five inmates of pod C-7 who rioted April 7 at the Porter County Jail likely will face charges, according to an incident report the Sheriff’s Department released Monday.
Two other inmates of the pod fought the night of April 6, according to the police report. Jail officers responded by shutting off their electricity and, the next morning, removing the two men. One was Dontaye Singletary, who is charged with the November 2012 murder-for-hire of Carl Griffith Sr. of Portage.
At about 11 a.m. April 7, several inmates — Nicholas Ramirez, Ryan Kingery, William Thomason, Justin Antecki and Mathew Watson — allegedly started talking about rioting and urging other men to join. They went up to the top of the two-story block and refused to come down, saying they wanted Singletary and the power back.
When ordered to go into their cells, some inmates cooperated, but the majority sat on the top rail with their feet dangling — “insinuating they may jump off or fall,” according to police. The situation escalated, with jail officers removing the TV, microwave and cleaning supplies; and inmates trying to rope off the stairs and pouring water on them, and throwing wet paper towels at cameras to attempt to cover them.
K-9 handlers and their dogs were called, but before they arrived, jail and road officers were able to move all the inmates into their respective cells.
Police will be conferring with the prosecutor’s office on possible charges against the men they labeled as the instigators.
Nicholas Ramirez 26, of Chesterton, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and driving with a suspended license. Ryan Kingery 27, of Portage, was arrested for revocation of probation and possession of cocaine. William Thomason, 30, of Portage, was arrested for revocation of probation. Justin Antecki, 21, of Portage, was arrested for failure to comply and theft. Mathew Watson, 31, of East Chicago was arrested for burglary.