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Man, 18, accused of rape during Hammond home invasion faces new charges in 2nd burglary
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Man, 18, accused of rape during Hammond home invasion faces new charges in 2nd burglary

Two men — one of them accused last month of raping a woman during a Hammond home invasion — are charged with committing a burglary July 8 at another Hammond home.

Elias Costello, 18, and Michael A. Rogers, 23, are accused in the burglary of a residence in the 4100 block of Wabash Avenue.

A resident contacted police about 9:39 p.m. July 8 to report burglars had broken into her home by removing an air conditioning unit from her bedroom, court records state. The burglars stole three television sets, four purses and jewelry.

A neighbor showed police surveillance footage that depicted a black male outside the home loading television sets into a white SUV. Authorities were able to identify the vehicle's owner as a woman living in the 3800 block of Cameron Avenue, records state.

Rogers answered the door at the woman's home. He told detectives Costello contacted him July 8 and asked for a ride to a pawn shop so he could sell his father's television sets. He said he drove Costello and two other men to the pawn shop, where the two men were able to sell one of the televisions.

Costello was arrested July 16 on allegations he and two others, Nathaniel J. Asbury, 21, and a 16-year-old boy, raped a woman at gunpoint during a burglary at a home in the 3000 block of Crane Place.

Costello admitted after his arrest he sexually assaulted the woman, records state. He also admitted he committed the July 8 burglary at the Cameron Avenue home, but claimed Rogers also participated.

Costello said he spent the night at the woman's home, and then returned the next day while she was at work to burglarize it. Pawn records indicate Costello sold some of the woman's jewelry July 10, court records state.

Rogers and Costello were charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with two counts of burglary and theft.

Hammond police Lt. Steve Kellogg said Monday night two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, are also expected to face burglary and theft charges in connection to the incident. 

A warrant was issued Friday for Rogers' arrest. His surety bond is $25,000.

Costello was in custody on rape charges Friday with an $80,000 surety bond. His surety bond in the burglary case was set at $100,000 during an initial court hearing Monday.

Costello is scheduled to appear Tuesday at a hearing requested by prosecutors seeking to increase his bond in the rape case. 

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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