Exchange of shoes leads to robbery in Merrillville home

2014-06-23T17:31:00Z 2014-06-23T22:29:05Z Exchange of shoes leads to robbery in Merrillville homeTimes Staff
June 23, 2014 5:31 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | An exchange of Nike Jordan shoes last week at a Merrillville home ended in an armed robbery, police said.

Jonathan P. Hammonds, 18, of Merrillville, was charged Friday with armed robbery and battery resulting in bodily injury.

A man told police he went to Hammonds' home June 17 after the two agreed by text message to exchange Nike Jordan True Blue and Nike Jordan Taxi 12, according to the arrest affidavit. The man also was going to pay Hammonds $25 in addition to the Nike Jordan True Blue shoes.

While the man was at the home, an unidentified man walked into the room pointing a handgun at him, according to the affidavit. Hammonds and the man punched the shoe buyer and demanded he hand over his belongings, police said. 

The man gave Hammonds and the other man his money and cellphone, according to the affidavit. He was then able to leave the home, and later reported the incident to police.

Hammonds remained in the Lake County Jail on Monday on $45,000 bail, according to court records.

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