Charges have been filed in Lake County today against two 17-year-old male juveniles from Gary suspected of robbing people of their cellphones in Hessville in the past week. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller told the Region News Team today one adult victim suffered a heart attack afterwards, and a juvenile victim was struck in the face. He says police in Hammond and other Lake County departments are looking to see if other similar crimes in East Chicago, Gary and Merrillville, were committed by the same suspects.
Miller says two juveniles were robbed of their cellphones at 173rd and Grand Wednesday evening, and the arrests were made that night. The suspects, Alexander Fayson and Tavaras Tolliver, were waived to adult court and are both charged with two-counts of armed robbery. Miller says the Hessville robberies were happening between 4 and 8 pm, in neighborhoods generally between Kennedy and Cline Avenues, mostly north of 169th Street.