One of the U.S.
Marshal’s Service’s Most Wanted--considered armed, reckless, and
dangerous--was apprehended on Thursday by an Indiana State Police trooper in
Gary, the ISP said.
According to the
ISP, at 7:05 p.m. Trooper Alyssa Partyka was on patrol when she saw a 2003
Buick Century without a license plate southbound on Broadway. The Buick then
turned east onto East 20th Place, where Partyka executed a traffic stop and
made contact with its driver, who “verbally identified himself but fumbled
with providing his date of birth and didn’t know his social security
number.” The driver did say that his license was issued in Georgia and
provided a title to the car, which he said he recently bought.
After receiving the
Bureau of Motor Vehicle return from Georgia, Partyka noticed that the photo
resembled the driver but he didn’t have the same facial tattoos, the ISP
said. Given multiple opportunities to provide his correct information, the
driver continued to provide his original information, at which time Partyka
handcuffed him and placed him in custody on charge of identity deception,
the ISP said.
En route to the
Lake County Jail, the driver advised Partyka that he was “nationally wanted”
and gave his true name: Andre R. Brunt, 43, wanted in Wisconsin, the ISP
said. Brunt also advised that he was wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service
and had been on the run since 1996, the ISP said.
“It was later
confirmed that Brunt was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants from
multiple agencies, which included armed robbery, felon in possession of a
firearm, dangerous drugs, sexual assault, and forgery,” the ISP said.
Brunt has been
incarcerated at the Lake County Jail.