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Fugitive flees

From left are Stefano K. Childress and Brandy Montgomery.

CROWN POINT — A man and woman are accused of fleeing police last week in East Chicago, eventually crashing their vehicle into a guardrail near Ameristar Casino.

Stefano K. Childress, 28, of Hammond, and Brandy Montgomery, 24, of Dyer, were arrested Jan. 19 on allegations they fled a traffic stop near the exit from Ameristar Casino on Cline Avenue, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A police officer stopped Montgomery's vehicle at 2:12 a.m. for a broken taillight, the affidavit states. Childress identified himself using another person's name, who was wanted by police on a warrant.

Childress was removed from the vehicle and placed in handcuffs, the affidavit states. He jumped back into the vehicle and told Montgomery to drive.

The officer grabbed Childress, but released him for fear of being dragged, the affidavit states. The vehicle eventually crashed into a guardrail on Watling Road

Childress fled the vehicle, still handcuffed, but was arrested, the affidavit states.

A search of Montgomery at Lake County Jail turned up two Hydrocodone pills, the affidavit states. A handgun was also found in Montgomery's vehicle.

Childress was wanted by police on a warrant for violating parole in November for a prior escape conviction in Lake County, the affidavit states. He also had a warrant in Hennepin County, Minnesota, on gun charges.

Childress is charged in Lake Criminal Court with two counts of resisting law enforcement, escape and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Montgomery is charged with resisting law enforcement, assisting a criminal, carrying a handgun without a license and possession of a controlled substance.

Childress is jailed without bond until Feb. 8, then his bond is $100,000, according to court records. He is scheduled for a formal court appearance Feb. 2.

Montgomery's bond is $30,000, records state.


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.