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Man accused of kidnapping

A man already awaiting trial in federal court on charges of robbing a Hammond bank faces a new count of kidnapping someone for money.

Ronald Parks, 60, was charged by indictment with the new count Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond. Parks was originally arrested in April after he was accused of robbing the Citizens Bank at 5311 Hohman Ave. on April 2.

He pleaded not guilty in that case and is scheduled to go on trial April 15. However, federal attorneys now say that about a month before the robbery, he kidnapped someone, identified only as JM, from Indiana and took them to Illinois on March 24 in order to demand money.

The new indictment does not say where the victim is from or where the victim was kidnapped, but a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Hammond says that the Hammond Police Department helped investigate the case along with the FBI.

Parks has been held without bond since his arrest in April.

Gary man to serve 9 years in mortgage fraud

A federal judge sentenced a Gary man to nine years in prison Wednesday in connection with a mortgage fraud case that took in almost $650,000.

Randal B. Causey was convicted a year ago after a trial at the U.S. District Court in Hammond of seven counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud.

Causey was charged with seven other defendants of operating a scheme in Gary and Merrillville to deceive home sellers and banks about the actual amounts the homes sold for. The defendants would then pocket the money by filing fake liens on the homes.

Feds: Gary man robbed banks in Merrillville, Munster

A Gary man is charged with two counts of robbing a Chase Bank in Merrillville and a Fifth Third Bank in Munster, according to an indictment filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.

Stacy Davis, 45, is accused of entering the Chase Bank at 8585 Broadway on Oct. 11 and stealing $3,100. He wore nothing to hide his face, according to a probable cause affidavit, and a security video easily caught his image. The image matched that of a man seen during other bank robberies.

Someone who knows Davis recognized his image in the news and tipped off the FBI. He was arrested in January and ordered held without bond.



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