Police pursue carjacking suspect through Gary, Hammond

2013-09-05T23:00:00Z 2013-09-05T23:02:06Z Police pursue carjacking suspect through Gary, HammondElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
September 05, 2013 11:00 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Local police agencies were searching for a carjacking suspect who led officers on a pursuit through north Lake County on Thursday night.

Indiana State Police said the man was arrested in Illinois late Thursday. Details about his arrest weren't immediately available.

Hammond police Lt. Richard Hoyda said the chase started when an unidentified man who was stopped by Gary police on Cline Avenue fled his car on foot. The man jumped over a barrier into Hammond, where he stole a bicycle that he later abandoned.

The man then carjacked a motorist at gunpoint about 8:30 p.m. in the 7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Hammond, Hoyda said.

The man sped off in the stolen 2004 red Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Hoyda said. Police agencies began a pursuit through Hammond but weren't able to stop the suspect.

Hoyda said the man was last seen on the expressway heading toward Chicago. He said it was unclear late Thursday if the man had ditched the Monte Carlo or if he was still driving the stolen car.

Chicago police were alerted of the suspect and were looking for him Thursday night.

Hoyda said the man was originally stopped by officers as part of the Region STOP Team initiative, which is a multiagency unit that conducts traffic enforcement and patrols.

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