Charges filed in robberies, auto theft case

2013-06-07T18:48:00Z 2013-06-07T22:21:36Z Charges filed in robberies, auto theft caseChas Reilly, (219) 662-5324

A 31-year-old Valparaiso man allegedly admitted to multiple crimes that spanned three different Lake County municipalities Wednesday morning.

Among them is a robbery that left an 83-year-old woman with fractures to her right elbow and forearm, court records state.

Timothy E. Kingery was charged Friday with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, attempted armed robbery, attempted aggravated battery, auto theft and two counts of resisting law enforcement.

Kingery told police he stole a white 1989 Oldsmobile 88 Royale Wednesday morning from the 2700 block of DeKalb Street in Lake Station.

Kingery also indicated he later saw a woman near the Diner's Choice restaurant in Hobart and threatened to shoot her if she didn't hand over her purse.

The woman told police a gun was pointed at her during the attempted robbery, which occurred about 8 a.m., but Kingery fled the area without taking her property.

Kingery also told police he took a purse from an elderly woman at Cracker Barrel in Merrillville.

The 83-year-old woman reported a person grabbed her from behind about 8:30 a.m., pulled her to the ground, took her purse and fled on foot. She suffered fractures during the incident.

The woman's husband, who is 85 years old, chased after the person who took her purse.

The husband told police he was knocked to the ground by a white Oldsmobile driven by the suspect. The husband suffered scratches to his arm and hand.

Following the robbery, Merrillville police Officer Joshua Miskus found a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle and began pursuing it.

The right front tire of the Oldsmobile was disintegrating, and the vehicle allegedly was driven into the opposite lanes of traffic several times during the chase.

The vehicle struck a white van on Grand Boulevard in Hobart and later stopped after hitting a tree, police said.

Officers apprehended Kingery after a brief foot pursuit. He was the only occupant in the vehicle.

The purse and wallet owned by the 83-year-old woman were inside the Oldsmobile, court records show.

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