“What if a juvenile court judge decided to release this violent predator, would anyone even tell us?” Hessville resident who lives near the scene of the Lucia Gonzales homicide
Detectives and Crime Scene Officers process a scene in the 7400 block of Alexander Avenue on Thursday.
August 28, 2017-Lucia Gonzales may have walked past her murderer’s house many times according to information compiled exclusively by the Gazette. Lucia was brutally bludgeoned in her home on August 21, 2017 according to Hammond Police. At the time of the murder, Police suggested that it was “an isolated incident and that there is no indication that the public is in danger.” That report was based on the fact that there was no forced entry into the home at the time of the murder. However, the report of a person of interest in the case changes things dramatically.
Police are under a gag order and cannot provide many details about the case so we spoke to neighbors today who were, understandably, shaken and afraid to have their names used publicly. Nonetheless, according to neighbors, Lucia pulled a wagon with her two young children up and down her quiet neighborhood block nearly every day. She would have walked right down the 7400 block of Alexander. It is possible that the individual who police now say is a person of interest may have watched the young woman walk by on multiple occasions. It is likely that he followed her at some point to determine where she lived. It is even possible the 15 year old engaged in banter or conversation with her on occasion to earn her trust before showing up at her home armed with a knife.
Last Thursday neighbors reported to the Gazette that a young male was removed from a residence in handcuffs about a block away from the Gonzales residence. As shown in the photo, above, detectives and crime scene officers can clearly be seen working at a house in the 7400 block of Alexander. Neighbors stated that the 15 year old, presumably the person of interest in the homicide and rapes, stayed in the home with his father off and on. Neighbors say the mother of the person of interest lives in Hessville also and that may explain the two different crime areas. Recent court records show an address in Michigan City for the mother, however. Nonetheless, it is very likely that the person of interest was a semi-regular resident in a home just one block from the homicide of Lucia Gonzales and just two blocks from the scene of the August 8 rape.