Law and Order Gary
June 8, 2012 2:22PM
Updated: June 9, 2012 4:13PM
Cops’ arrest takes a gun off the street
Two Violent Crimes Unit detectives looking for someone related to an investigation ended up making an unrelated arrest and seizing a gun in the process.
“Their actions might just save someone from being shot or killed, just by getting one gun off the street,” police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.
Sgt. Larry Robertson and Cpl. Michael Barnes were at 21st Avenue and Virginia Street about 1 p.m. Thursday when they recognized a man on a bicycle as someone who might have a warrant.
But the man, later identified as Torean Cuffee, 29, of Chicago, saw the officers and rode away on his bicycle, tossing the pistol as he fled, King said.
Robertson immediately located the weapon while Barnes apprehended Cuffee near Maryland Street. He was arrested for carrying a gun without a license.
Man wanted for battery of his ex
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Glen Park man charged with confinement, battery, domestic battery, intimidation and mischief for alleged actions May 9 at his ex-girlfriend’s house.
The victim told Detective Cpl. Shauna Poirier-Peter she was at home when Quante Cooper, 24, of 4657 Johnson St., came to get his book bag, the probable cause affidavit.
Cooper and the victim have two children together, ages 10 months and 2 years old who were present when Cooper became angry and began choking their mother.
The victim said he broke a lamp on the bed where their son was lying, knocked over furniture and punched her, then threatened to kill her.
Police arrived and saw the victim’s injuries and the condition of her apartment.
Cooper was charged in May 2009 with breaking into Westforth’s Sport Shop.
Hospitalized man’s house broken into
While a Glen Park man was hospitalized, two neighbors, believing the man would die, broke into his garage and stole several items over a two-week period last year.
Christopher Salgado, 19, and Victor Salgado, 47, both of 4160 Lincoln St., have been charged with burglary and theft.
Neighbors told Sgt. Freddie Cook they saw the men leaving the man’s garage and take tools, car parts and other items to a nearby abandoned house.
Walgreens robber gets 16 years
Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Gary man to 16 years in prison for a series of robberies.
Damond Tate, 24, pleaded guilty to an April 9, 2011, robbery of the Walgreens store at 2801 W. 5th Ave., Gary, in which he threatened to stab a cashier with a little knife he was holding. The woman moved away and Tate jumped the counter, took cash from the register and ran.
Tate also admitted that on June 9, 2011 he robbed the Walgreens at 1225 E. Ridge Road, Griffith. He told the cashier to “unplug that thing,” referring to the register. The cashier said she didn’t know how, so Tate moved her aside, threatened her with something in her hand and ran from the store with the cash drawer.
On April 19, 2010, Tate robbed the same Walgreens in Gary. He warned the clerk not to push any “special buttons” and ordered her to put the cash drawer on the counter before he took the money and ran.
In those cases, Tate was sentenced to 10 years, six years and six years, all served concurrently.
The judge imposed a six-year sentence for a 2010 Gary burglary for which Tate was on probation