A former East Chicago patrolman is facing attempted murder charges for a violent attack Dec. 3 in which he allegedly shot a man six times, tied him up with an electrical cord and beat him with a chair.
Jorge L. Valdez Jr., 43, of East Chicago, also allegedly lied to East Chicago investigators who were at St. Catherine's Hospital to take a statement from the victim, records show.
Lt. Marguerite Wilder, spokeswoman for the East Chicago Police Department, said Valdez worked for the department from Nov. 11, 1997, through March 9, 2006.
"Upon his resignation from our agency Valdez’s employment status is unknown since leaving the department," Wilder said.
Valdez claimed he arrived at his friend's house that day to watch football, but instead found a house in disarray and his friend "laying on the floor in a pool of blood," according to an affidavit filed in the case Wednesday.
The victim initially lied to police, too, saying "two masked men entered the home" and attacked him with a chair, and that one of the men shot him, records show.
Later, the victim recanted that statement, saying it was a lie, the affidavit states. He said he lied because he had feared Valdez would "try to kill him again or try to kill his family," court records show.
The victim said he and Valdez were watching a football game Dec. 3 when Valdez said he was "behind in his child support payments, his truck had been towed, and that he needed money," court records show. Valdez also asked the victim to front him $20 worth of cocaine.
When the victim refused, Valdez pulled out a nickel-colored .25-caliber revolver and shot the victim six times — in the head, chest and torso.
Valdez allegedly then picked up a wooden chair and beat the victim over the head until it broke, tied his hands with an electrical cord, ordered him to lay on the floor and tried to smother him with a pillow, the affidavit states.
The victim pleaded for Valdez to stop and that he would lend him money and help him find a place to stay.
After the incident, the victim told police he was missing his keys, van, cash and jewelry. Police found Valdez to be in possession of the keys and van.
Valdez was charged Wednesday with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery, battery committed by means of a deadly weapon and theft, records show.
A criminal warrant was issued Wednesday. His bail has been set at $60,000.