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CROWN POINT — A man facing up to 30 years for repeatedly stabbing a Hammond couple in 2017 is now accused of attempting to rape a fellow inmate at the Lake County Jail.

Travis S. Dade, 27, of Hammond, was naked from the waist down about 2 a.m. Dec. 7 when correctional officers responded to screaming and calls for help from his cell, Lake Criminal Court records state.

Dade's cellmate told police he was in an out of consciousness during the alleged attack, but recalled Dade choking him and pulling his pants down. The man was taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus for treatment.

Dade was charged Dec. 28 with felony attempted rape, confinement, two counts of battery, sexual battery and strangulation.

The man told police Dade was nice to him when he first arrived at the jail, offering him some commissary items, according to a probable cause affidavit.

At one point, Dade allegedly asked the man if he was gay. The man told Dade it was none of his business, and Dade replied, "But now it is," the affidavit says.

The man became uncomfortable and pressed a button to call corrections officers, but an officer told him he could not go into protective custody until he reclassified, records state. The man told police he didn't want to tell the officer in front of Dade that he felt sexually intimidated, so he said he was OK.

The man later tried to get the attention of another officer, but the officer allegedly told him to "shut up, lie down and deal with it." The man said he pleaded to be removed from the cell, but the officer told him, "If you make an issue then we are going to have an issue, so go lay down," records state.

A short time later, Dade got out of his bed and grabbed the man by his shoulders, the affidavit says. The man told police he pressed the call button and attempted to punch Dade, but Dade grabbed him by the neck and slammed him into a wall.

Dade then shoved his thumb into the man's eyes while also choking the man, the affidavit says. The man told police Dade slammed him to the floor and continued to choke him while banging his head on the floor, causing the man to go in and out of consciousness, records state. 

Dade remained in jail Tuesday pending sentencing in the Hammond stabbing case.

Dade was initially charged in that case with two counts each of aggravated battery and domestic battery, all felonies, but the Lake County prosecutor's office added additional counts of attempted murder earlier this year.

Dade pleaded guilty in September to two counts of aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony. He could face a 30-year sentence, though his attorney can argue for alternative placement and probation.

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