Dyer police: Teens to be charged as adults in alleged armed robbery

2012-08-18T15:30:00Z 2012-08-19T00:59:08Z Dyer police: Teens to be charged as adults in alleged armed robberyBy Susan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com

DYER | Police on Saturday announced arrests in two separate incidents occurring Thursday in Dyer.

In a news release issued by Dyer Chief of Police David Hein, police stated that prosecutors accepted felony charges against Nicholas Giza, of Cedar Lake, and Tyler McAfee of Dyer, both 17, who will be tried as adults in the incident.

Also charged in the incident was 21-year-old Paul Espinoza, of Dyer.

All three are alleged to have been involved in the robbery of a 17-year-old Dyer boy at 2:55 p.m. Thursday on Joliet Street near the Pheasant Hills Pond pavilion.

Police stated witnesses observed the teen being battered and called police. An officer in the area apprehended the three suspects, who are reported to have been fleeing on foot in front of Kahler Middle School.

The teen was treated at an area hospital for his injuries and released, police said.

In an earlier incident Thursday, police at 3:40 a.m. observed a white Chevrolet Impala pulling into a parking lot of a closed business in the 400 block of Joliet Street.

Police stated the driver accelerated at a high rate of speed, launching a police pursuit ending in the 1200 block of Joliet Street with the driver fleeing on foot before he was apprehended.

A surveillance video at the business, which had been burglarized, tied the driver to the incident, police stated.

Charged with burglary and resisting law enforcement, both felonies, is Rodney Coffey, 36, of Gary.


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