A Hammond man wanted in connection with a machete attack was arrested Monday night in downstate Illinois, police said.

Ryan C. Turner, 25, is accused of attacking two people with a machete Dec. 9 outside Flat Rock Tap, 6732 Calumet Ave., and hiding the weapon in the basement rafters of his apartment.

The U.S. Marshals Service took Turner into custody Monday after finding him hiding in a backseat during a traffic stop in Mount Vernon, Illinois, Hammond police Lt. Steve Kellogg said.

Turner is being held in Jefferson County, Illinois, awaiting extradition to Lake County on five felony battery charges, Hammond and Lake County police said.

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According to a probable cause affidavit, Turner approached a man and woman while they smoked cigarettes outside the bar, striking the man and then the woman multiple times and fleeing in fresh snow.

The man suffered lacerations. The woman was transported to Community Hospital in Munster with a fractured skull.

Police followed footprints in the snow to Turner's apartment in the 6600 block of Jackson Avenue and eventually identified him as a suspect. An arrest warrant was issued after prosecutors filed charges Dec. 11 in Lake Criminal Court.

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