Judge sets $500K bond for man considered ‘flight risk’

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A man who attacked a Tippecanoe County sheriff’s deputy and stole her marked vehicle made his initial court appearance Monday.

Tippecanoe County Magistrate Daniel Moore placed a 72-hour hold on the case involving 25-year-old Marcus Bramlett. Therefore, formal charges will need to be filed by Thursday at 2 p.m.

Moore also set a $500,000 surety bond, saying Bramlett is “considered a flight risk.”

As WISH-TV’s sister station WLFI previously reported, the incident started Friday evening when Bramlett allegedly attacked a sheriff’s deputy and stole her marked vehicle. The abandoned squad car was found Saturday morning in Attica, Ind. by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

According to investigators, Bramlett broke into a home and stole some items including another vehicle. He drove back to Lafayette where he was involved in a hit-and-run crash.

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Saturday night, Lafayette police located Bramlett in a home on S. Third Street. About two hours later, Bramlett was taken into custody without incident.

He is currently being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on the new surety bond of $500,000.

Tippecanoe County Jail staff told WLFI that Bramlett was booked on preliminary charges of disarming law enforcement while resisting arrest, battery resulting in injury of law enforcement, auto theft and escaping while drawing or using a weapon.

Warren County Prosecutor John Larson says he plans to file charges on Bramlett as well. Those relating to him abandoning the deputy’s vehicle in Warren County, then breaking into a nearby home and stealing another car.