MUNSTER | Four people face felony charges stemming from investigations by various units of the Munster Police Department regarding thefts and drug dealing.
A suspect in one of the July robberies in the northern section of Munster was charged Monday with robbery, a Class B felony, and strangulation, a Class D felony.
Charges were filed against Darius D. Thompson, 21, of Hammond, after an investigation assisted by Hammond police, according to Munster police public information officer Lt. Ed Strbjak. Thompson is still at large, Strbjak said.
Thompson and the victim, a Munster resident, reportedly were riding in a car July 28 at Broadmoor and Calumet Avenue when Thompson allegedly robbed the man using a lead pipe as a weapon.
Cash and an iPhone reportedly were taken and Thompson fled the scene, Strbjak said.
Separate felony theft charges also have been filed in two incidents that took place in Munster within the past month, he said.
On July 31, a man allegedly stole an undetermined amount of cash from the dental office of Dr. Andy Koultourides, a member of the Munster Town Council. While the front desk employee was away from the desk, the man was seen on video surveillance running around the desk, removing cash from a drawer and fleeing the scene.
The suspect’s photo from the surveillance camera was posted inside the Munster Police Department briefing room, and he was recognized by a tactical officer on patrol.
Jose Luis Figueroa, 49, of Hammond, was brought in for questioning and has been charged with Class D felony theft, Strbjak said.
In addition, felony theft charges were filed with the prosecutor’s office on Aug. 16 against Marissa Ford, 30, of Munster.
Ford allegedly stole a TV from a home in the 1900 block of Camellia on Aug. 9. Those in the home knew Ford. The TV was located at a local business, Strbjak said.
Amy Lynn Alexanderson, of Whiting, was arrested at 1 p.m. Friday after undercover officers reportedly bought $60 worth of heroin from her, said Strbjak.
Alexanderson’s arrest at the Calumet Center shopping area in the 7900 block of Calumet Avenue was possible because of tips the department received, he said. Heroin and cash allegedly were recovered at the scene.
Munster police sought Class B felony charges of dealing in narcotics on Saturday against Alexanderson, whose age was given as in her mid- to late-20s.