A Chicago resident removed from a South Shore commuter train on Wednesday
for unruly behavior was charged with false informing and theft, the Porter
County Sheriff’s Police said.
According to police, at 5:06 p.m. an officer was dispatched to the Dune Park
Station after the conductor on a westbound train asked for assistance in
removing a passenger causing a disturbance. On his arrival, police said, the
officer made contact with the passenger, who “explained that he was
surrounded by ‘baby rapers and baby killers’ on the train and when he told
the subjects how he felt, they began to yell at him.”
Asked to identify himself, the man provided multiple names and dates of
birth, none of which proved valid, and when questioned further the man
advised that he has “a lot of different names,” police said.
In fact, the man was found in possession of five credit cards with different
cardholder names as well as a black bag containing “legal documents,
greeting cards, and banking literature” addressed to a variety of different
people, police said.
“When confronted about the different names and addresses on all the
documents, the male stated they belonged to family members,” police said.
“He also stated that some of the names were his.”
The man continued to refuse to identify himself and was ultimately taken
into custody on a charge of false informing and transported to Porter County
Jail, where a fingerprint check subsequently identified him as Eric Humbles,
36, police said.
Continued investigation determined that Humbles was in possession of a black
binder containing business cards stolen from a man in South Bend on Monday;
and of a ATM card mailed to another South Bend man who never received it.
That ATM card showed activity on Monday, police said.
A charge of theft, two counts, was accordingly filed against Humbles, police
said. Given the large amount of mail from the South Bend area found in
Humbles’ possession, the officer later released the black bag and its
contents to the U.S. Postal Inspector, police said.