CROWN POINT — A 19-year-old man entered a Hammond woman's home through an open window, confronted her as she took a bath, pointed a gun at her 8-year-old son's head and robbed them of cash, court records allege.
Corey J. Clark, of Hammond, has been charged with felony burglary and three counts of armed robbery.
Clark became a suspect in the investigation after the woman recalled a 9-year-old, who lives with Clark, recently had been in her house in the 6800 block of Parrish Avenue and asked if she was afraid she was going to get robbed of money on her dining room table, documents state.
The woman told police she was in the bathtub Oct. 20 when her son ran into the room and told her there was "a robber" in the home, court records state.
She didn't believe her son and told him to go watch TV in his room.
A few seconds later, Clark entered the bathroom, pointed a handgun at her and asked, "Where the money at?" Lake Criminal Court records state. When she started screaming, Clark allegedly grabbed her out of the bathtub.
Her son ran back into the bathroom, and Clark grabbed him and pointed the gun at the boy's head, court records allege.
The woman told police she wrapped herself in a towel and went to the dining room to gather up loose money for Clark. He released her son, and she fled and used a dresser to barricade herself and her three children in a room.
Clark pushed the door partially open and punched her in the face several times, but she was able to escape with the children out a window and call police from a neighbor's home, court records state.
Meanwhile, a man who lives at the home pulled into the driveway, and Clark approached him, pointed a gun at him and began banging on his window while demanding money, court records allege.
The man told police he got out and ran toward his home as Clark rummaged through the car. Clark is accused of taking a cellphone and wallet from the car and about $40 from the dining room table.
Police executed a search warrant at Clark's home in the 6800 block of Carolina Avenue and found text messages on Clark's phone saying, "I'm going to rob somebody," records allege.
Clark is being held on an $80,000 bail.
A magistrate entered not guilty pleas on Clark's behalf during an initial hearing Monday.
His formal appearance was set for Nov. 4.