3 home invasion suspects arraigned

2012-08-13T16:00:00Z 2012-08-14T13:55:06Z 3 home invasion suspects arraignedBY SUSAN EMERY Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 13, 2012 4:00 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | The three men accused of robbing a Porter Township woman in a home invasion last week were arraigned Monday in Porter Superior Court.

Dominick Fazzini, 24, of Peotone, Ill., Jordan Wilkerson, 23, of Chicago, and Michael Sprague, 24, of Gary, appeared by video before Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford.

A fourth suspect in the incident, Shawn Duffy, 24, of Crown Point, killed himself after a car chase after the robbery, according to authorities.

Fazzini was charged with burglary, robbery and confinement. Burglary is a Class A felony that carries between 20 and 50 years in prison.

Robbery and confinement are Class B felonies that carry between six and 20 years.

Wilkerson was charged with burglary, aiding in a robbery and aiding in confinement, and Sprague was charged with aiding in a burglary, aiding in a robbery and aiding in confinement.

Not guilty pleas were automatically entered on behalf of all three defendants, and Bradford set bond at $150,000 each.

Wilkerson is represented by attorney Larry Rogers. Fazzini and Sprague each requested, and were granted, a public defender.

The defendants are due back in court Dec. 10, with a trial date of Feb. 4.

The charges stem from an incident last Wednesday in which Porter County Sheriff's Department officers were called to a home in the 100 block of South County Road 450 West.

A 52-year-old woman told police a well-dressed man came to her door asking for directions.

When she offered him some water, he knocked her down, punched her and held her to the ground while three other men, two armed with handguns, entered her home and began demanding the keys to a safe in the basement, according to police reports.

After she gave them access to the safe, the men put a number of guns in garbage bags and loaded other items into their pockets, police said.

The men then reportedly heard her neighbor coming to the house and took off. The neighbor, a Hammond firefighter, checked on the woman and then began following her attackers into Lake County, giving 911 dispatchers information along the way, according to reports.

The suspects crashed their car in Hobart after a chase. Duffy shot and killed himself after the wreck, authorities said.

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