April 20, 2017-The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is offering a reward of $5,000 for information in an arson fire that took the lives of 3 children on Christmas Eve 2016. Jayden Mitchell, age: 5, Alaya Pickens, age: 4, and Yaleh Cohen, age: 2, perished in the fire at the Oak Knoll Apartment Complex located at 4200 W. 23rd Court, in Gary. Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey ruled the deaths as homicides.
anyone with information to contact the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS or the Lake County/ Gary Metro Homicide Unit at (219) 755-3852 or the Crime Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP. Callers may remain anonymous.