A foot pursuit in
Porter early Friday morning foiled a burglary and led to the arrest of a
suspect with an open warrant for robbery, Porter Police said.
police, at 3:08 a.m. an officer observed a suspicious person with a cart
full of lawn and power tools at the intersection of U.S. 20 and W. Beam
Street. The subject, Tejay Mihal, 30, of 2600 W. 93rd Avenue, Crown Point,
fled when the officer activated his cruiser lights, at which time the
officer left his vehicle for a foot pursuit in the area of the 1200 block of
W. Beam Street, police said.
Police report Mihal
was found hiding in a garage, and police collected several items he
discarded that included the lawn and power tools; two socks containing a
cell phone, drugs, and drug paraphernalia; and a laptop bag containing a
laptop, a computer keyboard, vape ecigarette devices, and a receipt from a
Police said Mihal
couldn’t recall where he got the laptop bag and admitted to stealing the
tools from the garage where he was found hiding. Mihal told police he stole
the drugs from an acquaintance known as “Grant” who was staying at the
Spring House Inn, who then chased him into the nearby woods, where Mihal
fell in the Little Calumet River. Police said Mihal told them he also stole
a pair of overalls from a nearby residence after falling in the river, but
he couldn’t remember what residence.
transported to Porter County Jail on charges of possession of LSD,
possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, burglary, theft,
possession of a controlled substance, resisting law enforcement, and
possession of paraphernalia.
information from Mihal, the PPD arrested Grant Molden, 30, of 2600 W. 93rd
Avenue, Crown Point, who had an Indiana warrant for armed robbery, police
said. PPD reported officers found Molden, in the company of two other
subjects, in a room at the Spring House Inn where officers observed a large
amount of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
transported to Porter County Jail and charged with ten felonies (for dealing
and possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, oxycodone, and heroin) and
five misdemeanors (for possession of paraphernalia, and dealing and
possession of clonazepam and xanax).
visiting a common nuisance (B Misdemeanor) have been forwarded to the
Prosecutor’s office against the two individuals found with Molden.