Police get help from civilian during chase of attempted robbery suspects

2014-05-05T15:50:00Z 2014-05-05T21:00:23Z Police get help from civilian during chase of attempted robbery suspectsStan Maddux Times Correspodent nwitimes.com
May 05, 2014 3:50 pm  • 

Two teenagers were arrested in LaPorte late Sunday night with help from a civilian after an attempted robbery with a gun at a Little Caesar's.

About 10 p.m., police were called to the take out pizza restaurant in the 2400 block of Monroe Street on the city's southeast side.

An employee told officers he just locked the door because they were closing for the night and when he walked back to the counter saw one of the suspects, who is 17, was holding what appeared to be a black hand gun trying to open the glass door.

When a responding officer saw both suspects near the building, police said the teens began running through backyards of a residential area in the 100 block of Edgewood Lane.

A man outside his home nearby heard his chain link fence rattling then spotted the 17-year-old boy. He loudly told the boy to stop, police said.

Police said the man then saw the flashlights of approaching officers and kept yelling for the suspect to stop loud enough to draw the attention of the officers, who quickly made the apprehension.

The boy also had a black survival knife in a sheath fastened to his lower leg, police said.

The other suspect, Nicholas Anderson, 18, was located at a home in the 500 block of Harrison Street near the downtown, police said.

During a search of the area, police said among the items recovered was a silver BB pistol beside a wooden privacy fence in that same neighborhood.

LaPorte police Detective Brian Phillips said whether the BB pistol was the gun seen by the Little Caesar's employee during the hold up attempt was still not known.

"It's still an open ended investigation, and we're exploring all leads," said Phillips.

Anderson was booked at the LaPorte County Jail while the younger suspect was transported to the LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center.

A third individual was still being sought in connection with the robbery attempt.

Both suspects initially were charged with felony attempted robbery pending a final decision on formal charges, police said.

LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi said his office will likely go before a juvenile magistrate seeking to have the 17-year-old boy's case waived into adult court for reasons that include the use of a firearm during a crime.

If it's determined that the BB pistol was actually the weapon used in the hold-up, Szilagyi said it still appeared to be a real gun to the employee.

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