Five inmates at the Porter County Jail have been charged with disorderly
conduct after the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said that they attempted to
instigate a disturbance on April 7 in their pod.
According to police, at 11:08 a.m. jail staffers were removing an inmate
from Pod C-7 after his involvement in a fight there when inmate Nicholas
Ramirez, 26, of 1602 Loveland Court in Liberty Township, demanded that the
inmate be returned and the power in their podÑwhich had been turned off
following an incident the prior eveningÑturned back on.
When staffers ordered all inmates in the pod to return to their cells,
several refused, prompting staffers to remove the TV, microwave, and
cleaning supplies from the pod, police said. At the same time, announcements
were made instructing the inmates to “lock down” or face disciplinary
Some of the inmates did lock down but most did not, police said.
Ramirez, for his partÑaccompanied by four othersÑrallied the inmates to
gather on the top tier, where they “poured water on the stairs,” blocked the
stairs with slipcovers, and tried covering surveillance cameras in the pod,
At this point, PCSP officers were dispatched to the pod and the Emergency
Response Team and K-9 units ordered to muster, police said. Staffers were
waiting for the ERT and the dogs to arrive when the inmates began returning
to their cells.
Charged with disorderly conduct were Ramirez; Justin Antecki, 21, of 3426
Coronado Ave. in Portage; Ryan Kingery, 26, of 6657 Old Porter Road in
Portage; William Tomason, 30, of 5148 Bell Court in Portage; and Mathew
Watson, 31, of 5005 Indianapolis Blvd. in Valparaiso.