Law and Order Lake County
May 13, 2013 4:22PM
Updated: May 13, 2013 4:22PM
Man charged with armed robbery
A Hammond man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and criminal confinement in a Thursday incident on Sibley Street.
A woman and two brothers were on the front porch of a home when a man later identified as James Lee Taylor, 23, of the 600 block of Walter Street, walked up, pulled out a handgun and told them, “You know what this is. Come out ya all’s pockets,” the probable cause affidavit states. The woman said she initially thought it was a joke, and the man told her she was going to be the first one shot because she had a big mouth.
They told the man they didn’t have any money but that he could take the beer, and Taylor continued to demand they empty their pockets. One of the men pulled out three cigarette lighters and said that was all he hand. The gunman reiterated his demand to empty their pockets. The man then pulled out his money, which he put on the porch as instructed. Taylor grabbed the money and began shooting at the three individuals, who took cover from the gunfire.
After hearing about six shots, the victims told police they decided the man was out of bullets and chased him. Taylor got into a lavender-colored car and drove away.
Two of the victims identified Taylor from a photo lineup, the probable cause affidavit states.
The most serious of the charges is punishable by six to 20 years.
50 years for teen who raped three
A Hammond teen who admitted to raping three women and battering a fourth has pleaded guilty in exchange for a 50-year prison sentence.
Dedrick Dewayne Johnson, 17, of the 400 block of Hoffman Street, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of rape, a class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years, and rape, a class B felony punishable by six to 20 years. He also pleaded guilty to battery resulting in serious bodily injury, punishable by two to eight years.
Johnson appeared to waffle about accepting the plea agreement, and Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr., gave him more than one opportunity to confer with defense attorney Derrick Julkes.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 11.
Deputy prosecutor Michelle Jatkiewicz said if the case went to trial on June 12 and Johnson was convicted of all counts, he would face from 94 to 180 years in prison.
In court, Johnson admitted he attacked a woman on Jan. 20, 2011, as she was walking from the gas station near Gostlin Street and Hohman Avenue in Hammond. He told her he was going to kill her if she screamed, then raped her. The victim continued to cry, and Johnson told her, “I’ve got a burner and I will use it,” according to court records.
On Feb. 24, 2011, Johnson was in the area of Hohman Avenue and Gostlin Street when he attacked and threatened to kill a woman who was walking home from a friend’s house. Johnson choked the woman because she was removing her clothes too slowly, and raped her.
On Feb. 14, 2011, Johnson was in the area of the Renaissance Apartments near the train tracks in Hammond when he attacked another woman who was walking home from work. “We might as well make this fun, have a good time,” he said, then raped the woman.
DNA analysis by the Indiana State Police lab linked Johnson to all three rapes.
Johnson was 15 at the time of the rapes.
Johnson also admitted on Christmas 2010, he was on Hohman Avenue near the South Shore station in Hammond when he attacked a woman. Johnson struck her on the left side of the nose. The woman suffered a broken nose and swelling to the lower left side of her head, bruises to her eyes and right side of her body.
Fake ID, credit card were used at casino
Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Chicago woman to 18 months in prison for theft after she admitted she presented fraudulent identification and a credit card to obtain a cash advance at an East Chicago casino.
Kateena M. Preston, 44, pleaded guilty to the offense on June 16, 2011, involving Ameristar Casino for an cash advance of $3,112.99.
When Preston attempted to get a second cash advance on a different credit card, casino security determined the driver’s license and credit card were fraudulent.
Preston will retain a felony conviction on her record and will serve the sentence consecutively to a case pending in Cook County, Ill.