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Sheriff's officers capture escaped man charged with raping teen, police say

Sheriff's officers capture escaped man charged with raping teen, police say

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MERRILLVILLE — Lake County Sheriff's police captured a man who escaped from home detention after being charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old.

At 6:52 p.m. Saturday, police were called to 54-year-old Anthony Anderson's residence in the 100 block of East 58th Avenue in Merrillville after being notified he had violated his house arrest, said Pam Jones, spokeswoman for Lake County Sheriff's Department.

Anderson had previously been charged with two counts of rape, according to Lake Superior Court records.

Although Anderson's GPS tracker was showing him as being at home, police could not find him. Police knocked on several doors in the apartment complex and could not find Anderson, though his truck was parked on the property. After a continued search and investigation, police found Anderson and took him into custody Tuesday morning and booked him into Lake County Jail, Jones said.

Anderson was charged with escape knowingly or intentionally violates a home detention order, a level 6 felony.

On Jan. 11, a 16-year-old girl contacted police, accusing Anderson of raping her at his Merrillville residence, according to court records. Police said she had run away from home and was living with Anderson from Dec. 30, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2019, when the alleged sexual assault occurred.

Anderson's next hearing on the charges is scheduled for Dec. 20.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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