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Gary police blotter

Updated: May 9, 2014 5:31PM



Investigators unlikely to pursue death

GARY — Unless police receive new information from the Lake County coroner, investigators will not pursue the death of Patrick Bush, 43, as suspicious.

Bush, who lived on W. 7th Avenue near Chase Street, had been missing from home for a few days when his wife reported him missing Wednesday.

She learned that their car had been towed to Bennie’s Towing and went to retrieve it, but police had found Bush’s body in the trunk.

The autopsy showed no sign of foul play, police said, and it appeared he had serious heart problems.

A spokesman for Lake County coroner Merrillee Frey did not answer questions by the Post-Tribune concerning the status of the autopsy, saying only the matter is pending.

Truck stop argument leads to arrest

GARY — A 45-year-old Cincinnati, Ohio man arrested Sunday night at the Petro truck stop denied he resisted police as officers intervened in an argument between the man and his girlfriend.

But police struck Brian Johnson three separate times with a stun gun to get him to cooperate as they placed him under arrest for disorderly conduct and resisting.

Johnson, his girlfriend, Elizabeth Bwtell, and her family were returning from the Bears-Bengals game at Soldier Field when the couple began arguing. At the truck stop, Bwtell approached Sgt. William Wood and Patrolman Jamaal Joseph and said she wanted Johnson’s belongings taken out of the truck.

“You brought me here, you can’t leave me here,” Johnson told the woman as he “balled his fist” and walked toward her, police observed. He then kept his fist tight as police approached him, leading to the series of strikes with the stun gun.

Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Joan Kouros asked for a high bond, noting Johnson’s extensive criminal record on drug and alcohol charges and adding that he violated his felony probation.

“That’s all in the past,” Johnson said. “I haven’t been in any trouble since 2010.”

“Some people go their whole lives without getting arrested,” Kouros said, noting later he had two arrests in 2011.

Johnson has a warrant in Warren County, Ohio, and was being held on $300 cash bond on local charges. He was assigned a public defender and is set to return to court Oct. 24.

Man robbed in apparent car sale scam

GARY — Gregory Emejoubi, 54, of West Chester, Ohio, was robbed at gunpoint Saturday when he and his family met a man in the 600 block of Kentucky Street to buy a car from a Craigslist ad. The victim told Patrolman Anita Adamson they had arranged to meet for the sale, but instead two men with their faces covered ran up and took the man’s money, his wife’s purse and cell phone.

Armed robbery in Glen Park

GARY — A Chicago man visiting a friend in Glen Park on Sunday was robbed at gunpoint, police said. Michael McCoy, 21, told Cpl. Daniel Quasney he was at 4100 Maryland St. about 10:50 a.m. when an unknown man produced a gun and demanded his money and “everything in his pockets,” police said. The suspect ran from the area.



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