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Latashay Bonner

Latashay Bonner

GARY — A Gary mother accused of battering Marquette Elementary School employees Sept. 13 was free on bond Friday afternoon, hours after her arrest.

Cmdr. Jack Hamady said two Gary officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service took Latashay Bonner, 30, of Gary, into custody shortly after 9 a.m. during a traffic stop near 25th and Whitcomb near Gary's Black Oak section.

The Lake County prosecutor's office Thursday filed three felonies and four misdemeanor counts alleging an enraged Bonner assaulted a school teacher and administrator after her 8-year-old son had run away for inappropriate behavior with a female student at the school.

Hamady said the two officers were on their way to Bonner's residence in the 3600 block of West 24th Avenue Friday morning when they spotted her driving southbound on Whitcomb and stopped her vehicle.

He said she was brought to the Lake County Jail.

Court records indicate she had an initial appearance Friday before Lake Criminal Court Magistrate Kate Sullivan. She posted bond and was released from jail pending trial. Court records didn't indicate whether Bonner is represented by an attorney.

Police allege they were called 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13 to Marquette School after Bonner had a violent altercation with the staff.

Police said the incident began after her son, a student at Marquette, ran away during school hours. The principal called Bonner to the school to inform her of the incident.

Police said Bonner began yelling and cursing at the principal in front of students, saying she was angry that she felt not enough people were looking out for her son. A relative later found the boy safe.

Police said after Bonner assaulted the principal, she pushed a teacher to the floor and repeatedly struck her with her fist.

Two other teachers pulled Bonner off the victim. Bonner left the school before police arrived. The principal and teacher had to be taken to a hospital for their injuries.

Bonner told The Times earlier she went "a little crazy" after hearing her son was missing. She faces up to six years in prison if convicted.

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Lake County Reporter

Bill has reported in Lake County since 1972 after graduating from Indiana University. He has worked for The Times since 1997, covering the courts and local government during much of his tenure. Born and raised in New Albany, Ind., he is a native Hoosier.