Police: Facebook leads officers to suspects in drug deal beating, robbery

2012-07-02T17:30:00Z 2012-07-03T11:12:31Z Police: Facebook leads officers to suspects in drug deal beating, robberyBy Jeff Burton jeff.burton@nwi.com, (219) 548-4354 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | Police said Facebook postings led to the arrest of two teenage suspects in a drug deal gone bad.

A woman in the 400 block of Morgan Boulevard called Valparaiso police about 7:45 a.m. Sunday after waking up and finding her 16-year-old son wasn't home, police said.

She told officers she signed on to Facebook and found a new photo of her son with a cut above his eye.

Police later found the boy at a friend's house and began asking him about his injury. He told officers that about 2 a.m. he arranged to buy and re-sell marijuana to two 17-year-old Valparaiso boys at a nearby school, police said.

The 16-year-old said that as one of the teens was inspecting the marijuana, the other hit him in the head with a wooden object, police said. The 16-year-old told officers the pair then ran from the area, with the marijuana in hand, police said.

Officers learned the teens' names through Facebook and questioned them about the robbery, police said. After allegedly admitting to their roles, both 17-year-olds were arrested and taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center. They'll face a magistrate on robbery and battery charges.

The injured 16-year-old also will face marijuana dealing charges in the juvenile justice system, police said.

Police declined to identify the boys because of their age.

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