CROWN POINT — Another woman has come forward alleging she was robbed by Lenard A. Adams, who already faces charges on allegations he raped one woman and swindled others through “sweetheart scams.”
Adams, 32, of Merrillville, was charged Thursday in Lake Criminal Court with felony theft on allegations he stole $1,500 in cash Dec. 4, 2013, from the woman's house in the 6300 block of West Ninth Avenue in Gary, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The woman told Hobart police she met Adams, who referred to himself as “Sean,” at a Gary gas station, the affidavit states. He claimed his car was towed and asked her for a ride to a house on Tompkins Street.
She dropped him off, but he called asking for a ride to another house, the affidavit states. She drove him there, but no one was home, and then he claimed to receive a phone call learning his mother died.
She said he cried, and she drove him back to her home, the affidavit states. She said while getting ready for work, she found Adams leaving another bedroom in the house.
She said she checked the room and found $1,500 cash was missing from her dresser, the affidavit states.
Adams admitted to the theft, but said he could pay her back, the affidavit states. The woman allowed Adams to stay at her house for a few weeks, and even loaned him money for his mother's funeral, but he never returned the money.
She said he eventually disappeared one day. She said she spotted him once at a gas station and confronted him about the money, but he allegedly punched her in the stomach and fled, the affidavit states.
The woman contacted police about the theft after a Nov. 21 press conference where officers detailed other alleged crimes committed by Adams.
Adams is accused of ensnaring at least four other women in “sweetheart scams,” where he cajoles or coerces women into providing him money or other goods.
He is also accused of raping a 26-year-old Illinois woman Oct. 23 at a Motel 6 in Merrillville, according to court records.
He allegedly threatened the woman and her family members if she did not meet him at the motel, records state.
Linda Kollintzas, the defense attorney for Adams, declined to comment Friday.
Adams is in custody at Lake County Jail.
Anyone with information about Adams can contact Hobart police Lt. James Gonzales at 219-942-4405 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Hobart police Detective Scott Shaginaw at 219-942-4654 or email@example.com, or Merrillville police Detective James Bogner at 219-769-3722.
The Hobart Police Department also offers victims' support services, such as short-term counseling, information about resources and more.