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Portage man gets home detention for attempted carjack

Updated: March 4, 2013 8:17PM



The Portage man who escaped from Porter-Starke services and tried to hijack a car in January 2012 will serve 18 months on home detention.

On Monday, Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford sentenced Emil Anthony Lukstein, 46, to a total of four years, but the rest of the sentence will be on probation. The sentence also requires Lukstein to continue in therapy and stay on any medications required, as he has done while on bail bond.

When the incident happened, Lukstein was an overnight patient. Defense attorney Peter Boyles said they were considering holding him for longer.

Lukstein walked across Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso to a gas station and got into a woman’s car while she was pumping gas but couldn’t get it started. Two men pulled him from the car while he was going through her purse for money to get to Ohio to see his children.

Lukstein pleaded to Class C felony robbery on Jan. 28.



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