CROWN POINT — Charges filed this week allege a Hammond man severely beat another man because he was unhappy about a civil lawsuit over a car crash.
Montrell L. Taylor, 34, is accused of knocking a man unconscious with a punch to the face Jan. 3 inside Sunrise Liquors in the 6000 block of Calumet Avenue in Hammond.
The man's family called an ambulance for him Jan. 5 after finding him injured on a couch, unable to speak and suffering from seizures, Lake Criminal Court records allege.
The man told his family he was beaten inside the liquor store by a man who won a judgment against him for a car crash but was dissatisfied about the outcome of the lawsuit.
A magistrate entered not guilty pleas on Taylor's behalf during an initial hearing Thursday, records show. He's facing charges of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, aggravated battery, criminal confinement and battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Surveillance video from inside the store showed Taylor appeared to be angry when he approached the man, records state. Taylor allegedly took off his jewelry and punched the man in the face, knocking him to the floor.
Taylor stood over the man and took money from his pants pocket as he lay unconscious, records allege.
A witness told police the man later said Taylor took $180 from him while he was unconscious, documents state.
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