CROWN POINT — A Gary man who was bitten by a K-9 after a chase earlier this week was charged Thursday with molesting a 12-year-old girl, Lake Criminal Court records show.
Jermaine E. Beck, 37, was arrested Monday after police responded for a third time to the girl's home because of confrontations between Beck and the girl's parents, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Beck is accused of telling the girl's mother he would drive the girl to a store Sept. 30 and instead raped her while parked in front of a home. Beck was known to the family because they lived in the same neighborhood.
After the alleged assault, Beck drove the girl to the store and was met by her mother, the affidavit says.
The mother ordered her daughter to get out of Beck's car. The girl said she needed to tell her mother something, and Beck yelled out, "I didn't do nothing to your daughter!" court records allege.
The mother started crying, and Beck drove off, according to the affidavit.
The mother called police, and medics transported the girl to a local hospital, court records say.
The following day, Gary police were called to the family's home for a report that Beck was making threats. Police determined no threats had been made, but Beck was attempting to contact the family, the affidavit says.
Police were called back to the home 3.5 hours later, but Beck was not located at that time.
An hour after that, police were dispatched to the home for a third time and found Beck sitting in a vehicle talking to family members. A K-9 officer approached Beck's blue Chrysler and another officer in a squad activated his emergency lights and ordered Beck to turn his vehicle off, court records say.
Beck sped off, but crashed in a wooded area a short distance away. Beck began running despite the K-9 officer's orders to stop or the dog would be released, according to the affidavit.
The dog bit Beck's leg, and Beck struggled with the dog, punching it in the head, court records say.
The foot pursuit continued out of the woods and onto rocks near railroad tracks, where Beck struggled with the officer and the K-9.
At one point, Beck kicked the K-9, and the dog bit Beck's other leg. The officer's gun belt came loose, and the officer struggled to keep his gun away from Beck while also kicking Beck's arm to prevent Beck from choking the dog with its collar, court records say.
Other officers arrived, and police carried Beck out of the wooded area.
Beck was taken to a hospital for treatment. He was expected to be released Friday and booked into the Lake County Jail, police Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.