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Hammond police seek man accused of machete attack
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Hammond police seek man accused of machete attack

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Ryan Turner

Ryan Turner

Police are searching for a Hammond man who allegedly attacked two people with a machete outside a Hammond bar early Saturday morning.

Ryan Christian Turner, 25, has been charged with five felony counts of battery. He is described as a black male, about 6-feet 1-inch tall, weighing 175 pounds.

According to police, just before 2 a.m. Saturday a 26-year-old Hammond woman and 25-year-old Highland man were outside of the Flat Rock Tavern in the 6700 block of Calumet Avenue, when a man, now identified as Turner, approached them and asked a question.

Turner then allegedly pulled out what they described as a machete and began to attack both victims with the weapon before fleeing.

Police tracked Turner using his footprints through the fresh snow, and it led to a nearby home, according to a news release from Lt. Steve Kellogg.

Investigators interviewed witnesses and identified Turner.

Police are actively searching for Turner, who is not in custody at the time.

If anyone has knowledge of his location they should not approach him and call 911 immediately. If there is any additional information, call Detective Sgt. Mike Nemcek at 219-852-2977 or Detective Sgt. Marc Ferry at 219-852-2991.

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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.

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