Man gets prison for burglaries
A Hammond man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for burglary plus 18 months for assisting a criminal.
Eric A. Alexander, 27, was out on bail in an April 2011 burglary case when he was charged in 2012 with a second burglary.
Alexander pleaded guilty in July 2012 in the 2011 case, admitting to helping three co-defendants burglarize a home in the 3700 block of Georgetown Court in Hammond, taking televisions, computers, game systems, CDs, DVDs, jewelry and a gun case.
In March, Alexander pleaded guilty without a plea agreement to a May 2012 burglary of a home in the 6300 block of Maryland Avenue in Hammond in which a television, computer, three digital cameras, bottles of cologne, several watches, jewelry and an Xbox 360 were taken.
Police recovered fresh blood on the window sill and elsewhere in that home and matched it to Alexander through the national DNA database.
Lake Superior Court Judge Samuel Cappas said he will recommend that Alexander be treated for a drug addiction while in prison.
in knife attack
An East Chicago man is accused of cutting a man’s throat in an attack April 13 outside an East Chicago tavern.
Daniel Gomez Sr., 42, of the 4900 block of Tod Ave., is charged with aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
The victim told police he was standing outside Avila’s about 1 or 2 a.m. when a person he recognized, and later identified as Gomez, invited him inside and bought him a drink.
After they listened to music for a while, Gomez began pacing inside the bar and then told the victim to go outside with him, according to police. They said Gomez then produced a large knife and slashed his neck.
The man underwent surgery and a blood transfusion and required a tracheotomy because of the severity of his injuries, police said.
EC man accused
of armed robbery
An East Chicago resident was being sought Friday on charges related to a May 3 armed robbery in the city.
Moises Torres, 21, is charged with robbery, carjacking, criminal confinement and intimidation. He was still out on bail as of Friday evening in a case alleging that he battered a pregnant woman.
The robbery victim told police that two men approached him about 4:40 a.m. in the 4900 block of Homerlee Avenue and one of them pulled a gun. The men searched him and stole about $100, a cellphone and his 2014 Ford Mustang, police said.
They said the gunman asked the victim if he had children, and the victim said he had one on the way.
“You better thank your kid because that’s the only reason why you are going to live today,” the victim said the man told him, according to court records.
in Gary break-ins
Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray on Friday imposed a five-year sentence on a 21-year-old man for two separate thefts in Gary.
Victor Colon, who lists addresses in Portage and Gary, pleaded guilty to stealing tools on Dec. 21, 2012 from a garage in the 360 block of Hovey Street.
Colon also pleaded guilty to a May 22, 2013 break-in at a home in the 400 block of Porter Street, where he stole a game system, laptop computer, television, DVD players, backpack, gym bag, piggy bank and video games.
Murray ordered Colon to four years in the Lake County sheriff’s Work Release Program followed by one year on probation. Burglary charges filed against Colon were reduce to theft in the plea agreement.