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Court records: Murder charges filed in deadly plot to target Hobart drug dealer and steal marijuana, $15K from safe

Court records: Murder charges filed in deadly plot to target Hobart drug dealer and steal marijuana, $15K from safe

HOBART — Murder charges have been filed in connection with a plot late Monday night to steal $15,000 and "some dope" from a man who dealt pot and other drugs out of his home, court records show. 

Anthony J. Crenshaw, 20, address unknown, faces nine felony counts, including one charge of murder in perpetration of a robbery, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court. 

One of four robbery suspects, Jordan Davis, 28, of Indianapolis, suffered a fatal gunshot wound during a gunfire exchange and attempted home invasion, according to law enforcement and the Lake County coroner's office. The Lake County coroner's office spelled Davis' first name as Jordon in a news release. 

The affidavit did not state whether Crenshaw fired the fatal round that hit Davis.

However, because of Crenshaw's involvement in the felony, Hobart police said they secured charges against him for murder in perpetration of a robbery, two counts of attempted murder, and one count each of attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, burglary resulting in serious bodily injury, aggravated battery, attempted armed robbery and residential entry. 

Crenshaw told police he was in Indianapolis earlier that day when Davis asked him to be a lookout so they — along with two other men — could target a home in Hobart, which allegedly had a safe containing $15,000 and marijuana, according to the affidavit.

Police were dispatched at 10:55 p.m. Monday to the 800 block of East Sixth Street for a report of shots fired.

When police responded, they found Davis lying on the ground and the homeowner's girlfriend inside the residence with a gunshot wound. Police tried to get information from Davis, but all he could say was he "could not breathe," records show. He was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced dead. 

A black bag, black coat, black glove and black mask were discovered nearby a vehicle in front of the home, according to court records. 

Police eventually caught up with Crenshaw, who appeared to be sweating profusely and out of breath near Fifth and Main streets, court records show. He repeatedly asked police "Why are you doing this? Why are you doing this?" during a conversation with police, but was taken into custody for questioning, records show.

Meanwhile, an officer with his K-9 came across discarded clothing with Crenshaw's debit card inside while attempting to track the suspects, records show. 

The homeowner, who was not injured, told police he was approached by four black men while outside his home before he retreated back inside, police said. The suspects entered the residence behind him, as he yelled for his girlfriend to get a gun, he told police. 

At some point, the homeowner told his girlfriend to call 911 and put on a ballistic vest. During a pause in the shootout, the homeowner told police he also put on a bulletproof vest, according to court records. 

The remaining two suspects fled, but one stopped to check on Davis.

According to the affidavit, when the homeowner came to the door to see if the suspects were gone, the person checking on Davis fired at him before fleeing on foot. 

Court records show the homeowner and his girlfriend exchanged gunfire with the suspects during the incident but it's unclear who fatally shot Davis. 

The homeowner allegedly admitted to police he sells marijuana, THC oil and liquid LSD, records show. He said he had never dealt to the suspects before and "has no idea who these people are and could not think of any connections," the affidavit states.


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North Lake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. Contact her at or 219-933-3206.

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