Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. addresses the press after police believe they have solved a series of violent crimes in the Hessville area.
August 28, 2017-Hammond Police say they have a person of interest in custody in the Lucia Gonzales homicide. Gonzales was found brutally stabbed in her home in the 7500 block of Alexander Avenue in Hammond in the early morning hours of August 22, 2017. The extremely gruesome nature of the crime was made even worse by the fact that the young children of the 25 year old victim discovered the body when they got up to go to school. The Children then ran to a neighbors home and reported the incident to police just after 6:00 a.m.
Police say they developed information when investigating two rapes that occurred in Hammond’s Hessville section. Those rapes occurred on July 26 and August 8, respectively. According to Hammond Police Lt. Steven Kellogg, “On July 26 at approximately 12:30 p.m., a 14-year-old female was approached by a 15-16 year-old black male and threatened with a hammer. The suspect forced the female into an alley near the 6700 block of Grand Ave. where she was raped by the suspect. The second rape occurred on August 8 at approximately 12:46 a.m., “a 25-year-old female was approached by a 15-16 year-old black male and threatened with a hammer. The suspect forced the female into an alley near the 7400 block of Arkansas Ave. where she was raped by the suspect” according to Lt. Kellogg.
Police say the suspect is a juvenile and they cannot release information regarding that suspect at this time other than that he is a juvenile and he is in custody. At this point, police are referring to the rape suspect as a “person of interest” in the homicide. Police did not explain what evidence led them to believe that the person was one and the same. Prosecutor Bernard Carter was on hand to explain the waiver process. According to Prosecutor Carter, the procedure for waiving a juvenile to adult court is complicated and can take months.
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