Teen fight in Hobart ends in one death, one arrest

2013-10-20T20:45:00Z 2013-10-21T12:06:04Z Teen fight in Hobart ends in one death, one arrestElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

HOBART | A 19-year-old man was stabbed to death late Saturday after a fight outside a Family Express gas station in Hobart, police said.

Jesus Ibarra, of East Chicago, was pronounced dead just after midnight at Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

His death was ruled a homicide.

A 17-year-old boy from Hobart was in police custody Sunday, and charges are pending.

Hobart police Sgt. Jeremy Ogden said groups of teens began a conversation at the gas station that escalated into a fight. At one point during the fight, Ibarra was stabbed in the chest.

Police responded to the gas station at 10:27 p.m. to a panic alarm, but by then a group had driven off from the gas station. Three juveniles and an adult were left at the scene and later released to family members.

Ibarra was a passenger in the car that drove off, and he was dropped off at the hospital where he died, police said. Gary police contacted Hobart police about the death. 

Hobart officers then went back to the gas station, where they found blood on the front doors of the building and a weapon, police said.

Officers tracked four of the youths involved in the fight early Sunday at a Hobart apartment, and they were taken to the police station for questioning. The 17-year-old boy was part of the group and was taken into custody.

Ogden said he does not think any of the other teens involved in the fight will be charged.

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