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HOBART — Police have a 45-year-old Portage man in custody after he allegedly robbed the Family Express near 37th Avenue and County Line Road at gunpoint Thursday. 

Hobart police were dispatched at 1:23 p.m. to the general store in response to an armed robbery that had just occurred, according to Lt. James Gonzales. At one point, the suspect brandished a handgun at a store clerk, police said.  

Officers quickly set up a perimeter and a K-9 was deployed to track the suspect.

The K-9 team was led to a trailer in Camelot Estates, where law enforcement encountered a person in the trailer.

As police interviewed the person in the trailer, the father of the individual being interviewed arrived on scene and was identified as a possible suspect, Gonzales said.

"The father subsequently admitted to a Portage police detective that he was involved with the robbery," Gonzales added.

He was taken into custody. 

Further information will be released upon the suspect being charged. 

Recent arrests booked into Porter County Jail


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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.