HOBART | Two men who reportedly burglarized a home then eluded police for several hours Wednesday were charged Friday through Lake criminal court.
Martel Roger Pierre Marshall, 21, of Hobart, and Michael Dion Smith, 21, of Lake Station, were charged with burglary, a class B felony.
A relative of a family living in the 3700 block of Barnes Street called police Wednesday morning when he noticed two men he didn't recognize carrying a flat screen TV out of the house.
The relative drove to the house and tried to block the truck the men were driving. One of the suspects carrying a TV dropped it on ground, smashing it.
The relative fired a warning shot in the air, and another man dropped video games he had been taken from the house, court documents state.
The homeowner returned to his house and told police it had been ransacked and several items were missing, including his laptop computer, a TV and video games.
Police found Smith hiding under some bushes at a nearby home.
Marshall was later apprehended after a New Chicago police officer spotted him walking out of a wooded area.
A third suspect, who was apprehended by police on Wednesday was released after it was determined he wasn't involved, police said.
Police from Hobart, Lake Station and New Chicago were involved in the three-hour manhunt.
River Forest Sr./Jr. High School and Evans Elementary School in Lake Station and Ridgeview Elementary in Hobart were placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure during the manhunt.