CROWN POINT — A man will remain jailed on a $100,000 surety bond on allegations he attacked another man with a sledgehammer outside Scott Middle School in Hammond.
Patrick J. Ross appeared Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with defense attorney Casey McCloskey.
Ross, 40, of Hammond, is charged with attempted murder, criminal confinement and two counts felony battery on allegations he bludgeoned a man Jan. 25 in the parking lot of Scott Middle School, 3635 173rd St. in Hammond, records state. Ross allegedly shattered the man's car window with a sledgehammer and then struck him a number of times.
McCloskey requested Judge Diane Boswell lower the defendant's $100,000 surety bond to $40,000.
Deputy Prosecutor Kathleen Kurowski objected to the bond reduction. She said Ross was convicted of criminal recklessness and felony battery on allegations he attacked the same man in December 2012. Ross was sentenced to four years in prison for those offenses in August 2014.
She said Ross had also failed to appear in Hammond City Court on prior violations, which resulted in warrants being issued for his arrest.
Boswell said the old warrants indicated Ross was a flight risk. She also noted the seriousness of the allegations. She denied the request for bond reduction, but a new hearing on the issue was scheduled for April 18.