CROWN POINT — Two men entered guilty pleas to armed robbery earlier this week on allegations they robbed an undercover police detective at gunpoint.
The defendants, Deandre Gardner and Melquan Travis, admitted in their plea agreements they robbed Gary police Detective Lorenzo Davis Jr. on Aug. 27, 2015, near the intersection of 35th Avenue and Buchanan Street in Gary.
Gardner, 20, and Travis, 19, were lured to the area by the detective, who was working an undercover operation to investigate armed robberies involving the smartphone application OfferUp, according to the plea agreement.
The men also pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery on allegations they used the smartphone application to lure another man to the same area Aug. 26, 2015, the agreement states. That man sped off from the scene in his vehicle after Travis pointed a gun at him and demanded his money.
The Lake County prosecutor's office agreed to dismiss 11 other charges pending against each of the defendants as part of their plea agreements.
The men will face between three to nine years prison on both counts, the agreements state. They are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 14.