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CROWN POINT – A 26-year-old man accused of breaking a Griffith police officer's nose during a struggle was arraigned Friday on felony charges.

Airan Tramale Lee Boone, of Gary, is charged in Lake Criminal Court with two counts of battery, resisting law enforcement and intimidation, all felonies. He was also charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Boone was riding with a newspaper carrier for The Times about 4 a.m. Thursday when an officer on patrol drove by the 100 block of North Arbogast Street, according to court records.

Boone allegedly shouted “f------ cop, coming around here creeping,” at the officer, records state. The officer told Boone, who he knew from prior contacts, to stop causing a disturbance during the early morning hours.

The vehicle continued to the end of the block, where Boone continued shouting, records state. The officer turned his squad car around when he heard it, and told Boone, who jumped into the passenger seat of the vehicle, he was under arrest for disorderly conduct.

The officer withdrew his stun gun after Boone refused to exit the vehicle. Boone allegedly responded, “Well, now I'm going to f--- you up,” records state.

Boone grabbed the officer's vest and pulled it over his head, records state. He punched the officer repeatedly and kneed him in the face, which broke his nose.

A sergeant then arrived at the scene and subdued Boone with a stun gun, records state.

Police previously said the newspaper carrier was released. Carriers are independent contractors, not Times employees.

The officer was treated for the broken nose at Franciscan Hospital in Munster.

Boone was convicted in 2014 of child molesting on allegations he sexually abused a young girl for several years in Gary.

His surety bond is $75,000. A formal court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.


Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.