Crown Point brothers arrested in Valparaiso on battery, other charges
BY ERIN GUERRA Post-Tribune correspondent July 14, 2014 9:00PM
Scott Langley Jr. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 15, 2014 2:03AM
VALPARAISO — Two brothers from Crown Point face multiple charges after allegedly beating up and robbing a man early Saturday while family members egged them on, police said.
Their alleged victim, Michael Bachar, 36, of Valparaiso, was transported to Porter Regional Hospital. His condition was unclear.
According to the police report, the family spent Friday evening at the Franklin House, celebrating a birthday.
At 12:48 a.m. Saturday, Bachar was walking around downtown Valparaiso when two men allegedly began yelling racial slurs at him, although all involved are of the same race, and tried to get him to fight. One suspect, later identified as Michael Langley, allegedly repeatedly approached Bachar as his brother, Scott Langley Jr., encouraged them to fight, according to police. Bachar admitted being the first to strike, telling police he felt he was in danger and he tried to move away afterward. Then both brothers allegedly attacked, egged on by two female family members.
Both suspects fled the scene, in the area of Jefferson and Washington streets, but were soon arrested.
Michael Langley, 21, was charged with felony strong-arm robbery, and misdemeanor battery, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Scott Langley Jr., 24, was charged with misdemeanor battery, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
One family member told police Bachar’s story was true, according to police. Bachar said the same person tried to stop the fight.
During the arrests, the men’s father, Scott Langley Sr., 51, also of Crown Point, reportedly drew attention to himself by yelling to his son. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.