Law and Order Lake County
January 2, 2013 3:42PM
Hugo Linder, 41, of Hobart has been charged with felony auto theft. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 2, 2013 5:06PM
Roommate shoots visiting man
A Hobart man has been charged with battery in a December shooting that left another man with a shoulder wound.
Richard A. Sajdera Sr., 59, was charged in Lake Superior Court with battery by means of a deadly weapon in the Dec. 16 shooting that injured Kevin Garner in the left shoulder.
Garner told police he received a text message from a woman who lived with Sajdera who wanted a ride home from the Depot bar. He drove her to Sajdera’s house in the 3700 block of Maxwell Street, and the woman told Sajdera to put the pit bulls away, which he did. The woman and Garner went into a bedroom and shut the door, and five minutes later, Sajdera broke into the room, demanding that Garner leave. The dogs charged into the bedroom and jumped on the bed. Meanwhile, the woman was punching Sajdera, who insisted the woman was his girlfriend. The woman denied having an intimate relationship with Sajdera.
As Garner was leaving, he saw Sajdera with a gun. Garner told police he asked Sajdera, “What are you going to do, shoot me?” the probable cause affidavit states. Sajdera then fired at Garner, who left the home.
Garner still has a bullet fragment in the shoulder and has a broken shoulder bone.
Man charged with race car theft
A Hobart man has been charged with the Dec. 8 theft of a $70,000 custom race car.
Hugo Linder, 41, of Hobart has been charged with felony auto theft after an investigation into how the race car was found in his possession Dec. 9 at a Gary truck stop after the vehicle and the trailer it was in was stolen from Storage Unlimited in Crown Point the day before, according to Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land.
Land said a friend of the race car’s owner spotted the vehicle on a flatbed truck the day after the theft and contacted the owner, who in turn contacted Crown Point Police who contacted the Gary Police Department who responded to the truck stop.
Gary Police were met by Crown Point Detective Larry Scott and the vehicle’s owner to provide positive identification of the race car. At the time Linder said he had purchased the vehicle for $5,000 from an unknown Hobart man. He had no bill of sale, Land said.
Linder was charged Dec. 14. The race car was returned to the owner. The trailer was not recovered and its theft is still under investigation.
Anyone with information about the stolen trailer, a 1993 Pace American Shadow trailer, is asked to contact Scott at 663-2131 Ext. 171.
Alternative program kicks out man
Less than four months after he was sentenced to three years for intimidation, a Schererville man has been kicked out of an alternative sentencing program.
Anastasios Kiriakopoulos, 30, admitted he had violated the terms of his day-reporting sentence in Lake County Community Corrections, including attending a wedding in Illinois without informing his case manager, leaving early for work and having an unopened bottle of alcohol in his home.
Kiriakopoulos, who was charged in December with stalking the same victim, said the woman initiated contact by coming to his home in early December, seeking Kiriakopoulos’ help on a business matter. Kiriakopoulos claimed the woman asked him for money and threatened to call police.
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez approved a no-contact order in the case, which Kiriakopoulos admitted he violated three weeks later.
In court Wednesday, the judge granted a request to expel Kirkiapolous from community corrections, where Kiriakopoulos was to serve half of his sentence. Kiriakopoulos will have to complete what remains of the 18-month sentence in the Lake County Jail, followed by 18 months on probation. He also paid the victim $4,725 in restitution in the earlier case.
Kiriakopoulos has a Feb. 8 omnibus hearing. Vasquez reduced the bail to $3,000 cash in the newer case.
Liquor store patron shot, robbed
An East Chicago man has been charged with robbing a man at gunpoint as he left a liquor store.
Robert Lorenzo Stevenson, 21, was charged in Lake Superior Court with robbery in a Dec. 29 holdup of a man who had a 12-pack of beer, his wallet and cash taken at gunpoint as he left the Hide Out liquor store on Deodar Street.
The man told police Stevenson, who was wearing a ski mask, put the gun to his back while demanding the items. Stevenson then walked toward Deodar and Elm streets while the man’s wife called police.
Police arrested several individuals in the rear of 3911 Elm Street and found a black ski mask, pistol and the man’s wallet with identification cards.
The following day, one of the suspects told police that Stevenson had said he planned to rob the next person that came out of the liquor store. The suspect said he saw Stevenson walk up to the man and started to leave because he didn’t want any part of what Stevenson was about to do. A few minutes later, Stevenson tried to hide the gun and the stolen items.
Stevenson gave a statement to police in which he confessed to the robbery, the probable cause affidavit states.