“We want to release this information now to ease the minds of our citizens that this violent suspect has been removed from our streets” Hammond Police Chief John Doughty.
August 24, 2017-Hammond Police Chief John Doughty announced this morning that police have a suspect in custody after an investigation into two rapes that occurred in Hammond’s Hessville section. Charges are expected to be filed soon in the matter, according to Lt. Steven Kellogg. Lt. Kellogg stated “Additional information is not
available at this time due to the critical nature of this investigation.”
The identity of the suspect was not released “due to his age”-indicating that the suspect is a minor. Minor’s are charged in juvenile court where all information is confidential, however, in serious cases a child can be “waived” to adult court. (See Indiana Code 31-30, below). Repetitive criminal acts is one of the reasons for waiver, but the decision as to whether to seek waiver rests solely in the discretion of the prosecuting attorney.
Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. stated “We cannot stop crime in Hammond or any community. But, we can trust in our detectives who work diligently on a daily basis to capture and arrest criminals getting them off of our streets.”