CROWN POINT — Just weeks after being placed on probation, the marijuana dealer targeted in an attempted robbery that ended with his girlfriend's death was arrested on new charges alleging he concealed vape cartridges in a condom, records show.
William Michael Hawkins, 19, of Lake Station, also is accused of breaking into a relative's home Sept. 6 after he was told he wasn't welcome, Lake Criminal Court records show.
Hawkins was charged Monday in Hobart City Court with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. A level 6 felony count of residential entry was filed against him in Lake Criminal Court.
Attorney Sean Mullins, who negotiated Hawkins' plea agreement in the previous cases, declined to comment Tuesday.
According to court records, Hawkins was targeted for robbery by a group of men in January because he was selling large amounts of marijuana.
The robbery attempted ended with the death of Alayna Ortiz, 18, a Portage High School student, outside a Griffith apartment complex. Ortiz was not a target, police said.
Four men have been charged in Ortiz's shooting death, and their cases remain pending.
Hawkins was arrested days after Ortiz died, following a robbery call at his relative's home that resulted in Hobart police finding about 14 pounds of marijuana and 172 grams of THC vape sticks at the property.
Hawkins was found a short time later slumped over the wheel of an idling car at another location in Hobart.
Hawkins pleaded guilty Aug. 8 to a felony dealing marijuana charge and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief in a separate case.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell accepted Hawkins' plea agreement Aug. 29 and sentenced him to 3 ½ years on the marijuana charge, with six months in jail already served and three years on probation. Hawkins also was sentenced to six months on probation on the criminal mischief charge, to be served concurrently.
On Sept. 6, he allegedly crawled through a relative's window after he was told he was not welcome there, records say. Hawkins told police he had "nowhere else to go."
Early Sept. 15, he was stopped for speeding by Hobart police and initially denied he had anything illegal in the car. He told police the car belonged to his girlfriend, records show.
Police found one bag of suspected marijuana in Hawkins' pants during a pat down, and Hawkins admitted he had "jocked" another bag, records say.
When the officer checked Hawkins, he noticed a condom on Hawkins' genital. Hawkins complied with orders to remove the condom and place it on a police car, documents state.
The condom was tied at one end and contained vape cartridges, records say. Hawkins allegedly admitted they were marijuana cartridges.
Online records showed prosecutors had not filed a petition to revoke Hawkins' probation in the January marijuana case as of Tuesday evening.