November 20, 2017-Sheriff Oscar Martinez issued a short statement earlier today confirming rumors that a suspect in a series of robberies has been apprehended. A Subway Restaurant in Hebron was robbed just after 9:00 p.m. by a suspect that matched the description in a string of robberies which began earlier in the week with a Fro Play Yogurt store robbery in Valaparaiso. A similar suspect and method was then reported in robberies in Hobart, Crown Point, Hammond, and again in Hobart. In each case the suspect did not display a weapon but used a bag over his hand to indicate he had a weapon. Officers obtained photos of the suspect in a Black GMC Terrain and released those to various departments. Ultimately, Crown Point Police picked up the trail of the GMC after the Hebron robbery.
The suspects identity was not released, however Sheriff Spokesperson Emiliano Perez stated:
“On November 20, 2017 at approximately 12:30 am Lake County Sheriffs Department arrested a man suspected in a series of robberies. The suspect has not been charged as of this press release, and the investigation is ongoing. No further information at this time. We will release information as it develops.”
Last night, the suspect led multiple police agencies on a two county chase. Ultimately, officers were blocked by a freight train and the lost site of the suspect vehicle in Valparaiso. Despite that, officers were able to obtain a license plate and track down the owner of the vehicle. Hobart Officers were dispatched to the address associated with the license plate. It is unknown is information was derived from that portion of the investigation that ultimately led to the capture of the suspect.
Charges in Lake and Porter County are expected. We will update this story as additional information is obtained.
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