Ronald Steward

GARY — A man was allegedly beaten and robbed of firearms and cash after being invited into a basement to smoke weed in late April, and he also told police the assailants took his earrings and necklace he was wearing during the attack.

Gary police investigated the April 25 robbery and have charged Ronald Joshua Steward, 25, with armed robbery, robbery resulting in bodily injury, two counts of criminal confinement, battery and theft of a firearm, according to Superior Court of Lake County records.

The victim was walking to a relative's house when he ran into Steward and an acquaintance known by the name of “Mushy,” who allegedly invited him into Steward's basement to smoke marijuana near the 3700 block of Monroe Street.

At the time, the victim had an AR-15 pistol in a sling around his neck, a handgun in his hoodie pocket and a backpack that contained a handgun and cash, police said. As the victim turned to pass a blunt to Steward, a third house guest the victim referred to as the “big dude” and Steward allegedly began attacking him.

The men wrestled away the victim's pistol and began hitting him with it while they tried to take away his other firearms, police said. They also allegedly took the man's bag which contained his third firearm and $3,000 in cash.

While they were hitting the victim, he said they took two earrings from his ears and his gold necklace, according to court documents. The victim stumbled outside after the beating with multiple non-life threatening injuries.


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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.