Armed men break into Portage home, crash car in Lake Station

2013-12-17T10:30:00Z 2013-12-18T07:57:06Z Armed men break into Portage home, crash car in Lake StationJoyce Russell, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222

PORTAGE | Two men, one of them armed, reportedly broke through a door of a Portage home late Monday night, robbing those in the home, before fleeing and crashing their car in Lake Station.

According to a Portage police report, police were dispatched to the area of Union Street and 18th Avenue in Lake Station about 10:45 p.m. Monday. There they met one of the victims of the home invasion, who had chased the suspects after they left the home.

The man, and others in the house in the 5400 block of Osage, told police a group of people were at the home, including the two residents, when two men broke through the front door about 10 p.m.

One of the men was carrying a handgun. The two men ordered several people in the home to go into the kitchen, empty their pockets and lie face down on the floor.

The suspects allegedly ransacked the house and stole money and cellphones from the victims.

Both suspects were dressed in black with masks covering their faces, but further descriptions given by witnesses varied.

The Lake Station man who chased the suspects told police he picked up a set of car keys after the two suspects left and followed them north on Osage, west on Stone Avenue and into Lake Station, where they eventually crashed their car, a 2001 Buick LeSabre. He said he flagged down a Lake Station police officer to inform him of the incident.

Lake Station police conducted a K-9 search for the two suspects who fled into a wooded area between Interstate 94 and 18th Avenue.

Police found some of the stolen items in the crashed car and found others in a wooded area about 150 yards east of the car.

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