Monday morning at
approximately 11:15 a.m. Porter County Officers were dispatched to assist
the Portage Police Department with locating a male subject who jumped out of
a police vehicle and fled on foot while in transport to the Porter County
The suspect was
identified as Michael Maldonado, a 25 year-old male. Maldonado is described
as five feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds with black hair and brown
eyes. He was last seen running south away from the Porter County Jail
wearing a black T-Shirt and sweatpants, handcuffed, and wearing no shoes.
from the Porter County Jail Sally Port, a garage between the outside and the
actual jail, shows two Portage Police Officers pulling into the Sally Port.
As the officers exit their vehicles to secure their weapons before removing
the in-custodies from their vehicles, movement can be seen inside one of the
squad cars. It is believed Maldonado jumped from the passenger seat to the
driver’s seat of the squad car he was in and opened the driver’s side door
before fleeing out under the garage door of the Sally Port as it was
Portage Police, Maldonado was initially taken into custody on charges of
resisting law enforcement, resisting law enforcement with injury and
possession of a hypodermic needle following a traffic stop in Portage.
Officers with Porter County, Lake County Helicopter unit, Valparaiso PD, and
Portage PD flooded the area of Pratt Industries, near PCJ, searching for
Maldonado on foot and by vehicle with negative results after approximately 2
1:40 p.m. Valparaiso Police Department received a call from an employee with
Pratt Industries reporting his grey 2013 Ford Focus as stolen from the
The vehicle stolen
had Michigan plates, DFT1996. Officers were checking with Pratt for
surveillance video. The two incidents are believed to be connected.
Sheriff’s Office is assisting with this search