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Burns Harbor police nab escapee

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Last night, the Burns Harbor Police Department apprehended a subject who escaped from the custody of Portage Police on Monday.

According to Portage police, Michael Maldonado, 25, of 320 3rd Street in Portage, was arrested Monday on charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of paraphernalia following a traffic stop in Portage. Police said he later escaped during transport to Porter County Jail.

BH police reported that they received a report of a possible sighting of Maldonado as a passenger in a blue Jeep Cherokee around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. At 7:31 p.m. Corporal Timothy Lucas of the BHPD reported he was at the intersection of Ind. 149 and Old Porter Road when he observed the vehicle, after which he notified Porter County dispatch and initiated a traffic stop in the area of Old Porter Road and South Babcock Road.

Lucas said when the vehicle stopped, Maldonado jumped out the passenger side door and fled on foot. Lucas said he pursued him to no avail but advised other nearby officers of his appearance and direction of travel. Lucas identified the driver of the vehicle as Curtis Lyda, 26, of 225 W 3rd Street in Hobart. A subsequent search of the vehicle returned cocaine and drug paraphernalia, according to police.

Maldonado was apprehended without incident by Officer Austin Haynes and Assistant Police Chief Jeremy McHargue of the BHPD north of South Babcock Road along the south fence line with I-94, police said.

BH Chief of Police Michael Heckman said, “They made me proud last night.”

BHPD was assisted by officers from the Chesterton, Porter, Ogden Dunes, and Portage Police Departments as well as the Porter County Sheriff’s Police and Indiana State Police.

Portage Police reported that a charge of escape, a level 5 felony, will be added to the charges Maldonado was originally booked on. Porter County Sheriff’s Police said Lyda was arrested on charges of possession.

Lyda and Maldonado were transported to Porter County Jail.


Posted 3/28/2018






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