VALPARAISO | Charles Wade wore the jail garb of a high-risk inmate Thursday as he appeared for a hearing on accusations of abducting his former girlfriend at knifepoint Saturday and returning Sunday to commit the same offense against the woman and her daughter.
Wade said little during the video hearing before Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford, other than to affirm his understanding of each charge and announce his decision to hire a private attorney.
He is charged with kidnapping, carjacking, battery, burglary, confinement and intimidation, according to Bradford. He faces between 20 and 50 years behind bars if convicted on the kidnapping charge alone, and between six and 20 years each on three other counts.
The standard pleas of not guilty were entered on his behalf.
Jessica Kraly, 27, told Valparaiso police when she returned to her home in the 200 block of Logan Street after work at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Wade was waiting inside and took her by knifepoint into Gary and Merrillville, where he freed the woman while at his mother's home, police said.
Kraly later said she was driving westbound on U.S. 30 on Sunday afternoon when she found Wade in the rear seat of her car. She said he began jabbing at her with a knife and cut her finger before forcing her to exit the vehicle near County Road 475 West, Eckert said.
Wade is accused of driving off with the woman's 3-year-old daughter and leaving the girl alone outside a Portage apartment complex before being apprehended by state police on Interstate 65 near West Lafayette.
Bradford scheduled a trial for Feb. 7 and set preliminary hearings for Nov. 29 and Jan. 3. He also scheduled an Oct. 4 hearing to determine whether Wade has hired an attorney.