Law and Order Lake County
October 9, 2012 4:04PM
Updated: October 9, 2012 4:36PM
Man charged with beating 9-year-old
Battery charges have been filed in Lake Superior Court against a Hammond man charged with beating a 9-year-old girl.
Police were called Saturday to a home in the 200 block of 169th Street, where an officer noticed the girl had visible marks. The girl said she was beaten with fists, a belt and a hanger because she lost money she had received for her birthday.
Alex Thomas Vasquez, 31, faces a maximum eight-year sentence on the most serious of the felony counts.
The girl’s mother told police she was sitting in the enclosed front porch listening to music when she felt a commotion from inside the house. She told officers she saw Vasquez strike the girl with a belt at least six times. The girl had open wounds on her head, biceps and thigh, several scratches and swelling to her legs and arms.
Big-screen TV taken in burglary
Police are investigating a burglary in the 1700 block of Dylane Drive.
The resident told police that between Sept. 30 and Saturday someone pried open the apartment door, stole a 55-inch flat-screen TV from the living room and rummaged through miscellaneous paperwork in his bedroom.