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Battery suspect tells judge he’s been ill

A Hammond man arrested March 17 claimed he’d had two heart attacks since he’s been at the Lake County Jail, telling Gary City Court Judge Deidre Monroe, “I need a peacemaker.”

“Pacemaker?” Monroe asked Phillip McDonald, 30, who is being held on $2,000 bond for battery, intimidation and resisting law enforcement charges.

Cpl. Charles Turner and Patrolman Henry Waddell arrested McDonald at his girlfriend’s Lakeshore Dunes apartment after neighbors called to report the couple was arguing loudly at 1 a.m.

As soon as officers arrived, McDonald begged them not to arrest him, then collapsed, saying he was having a heart attack. Police dragged and carried him to the squad car, but when they arrived at the hospital, McDonald was able to walk himself into the building without assistance, the arrest report states.

The 24-year-old victim said McDonald struck her and restrained her when police knocked on the door, then threatened her that he would hurt her if she talked to officers.

McDonald asked the judge to give him a chance. “I’ll do anything you say,” he told Monroe. Court workers were unable to reach a relative to confirm he had a place to stay if he were released, and Monroe ordered him to return to court April 17. The victim obtained a protective order to keep him away from her.

Man charged with burglary from restaurant

A Gary man arrested while sitting in a van with items taken from a burglary at Steel City Buffet was charged almost a month later with the crime.

Cameron E. Dotson, 36, who was out on bond for an auto theft charge from Hobart, pretended to be asleep when Lt. Thomas Pawlak and Detective Eric Scott received a tip that one of the suspects was in a van parked a few blocks from the restaurant, located at 411 E. 5th Ave., the probable cause affidavit states.

A witness told police he saw two men enter the business about 1:30 a.m. March 17, and saw them leave with a television and other items. Pawlak and Scott located the van described by the witness and found some of the stolen goods inside the van where Dotson was sitting.

Dotson was charged Tuesday.

Effort to flee nets additional charge

Tyrone B. Walker, 32, was arrested on traffic offenses and a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession, but then he allegedly ran from police after they arrived at the Public Safety Facility, netting him a felony count of escape.

Patrolman Jeston Walker stopped a car near 21st Avenue and Pierce Street and learned Walker did not have a driver’s license. Walker smelled marijuana in the car and saw three bags totaling 12 grams in the car. At the police station, Walker ran away, still in handcuffs, the probable cause affidavit states. He was apprehended and returned to custody. He is being held on $50,000 bond on the felony, which carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison.



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