Manhunt mugs

Chaz Murray, Kobe Watson and Armari Lomax

Three Dolton men face numerous criminal charges for their alleged involvement in Wednesday's police chase and manhunt in Chesterton. 

Armari Lomax, 19, is charged with two felony counts of resisting law enforcement, as well as criminal recklessness and reckless driving — both misdemeanors.

He also is cited for several infractions, including disregarding a stop sign, speeding and improper lane passing, authorities said.

Prosecutors have charged Chaz Murray, 19, with resisting law enforcement, auto theft and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. Each is a level 6 felony. He also faces one misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.

Kobe Watson, 22, is charged with a single misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.

Watson and Murray were passengers in the stolen vehicle driven by Lomax, who attempted to avoid capture by striking a police car head-on, authorities said. He ended up crashing the vehicle near County Road 200 West. 

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The three fled the scene on foot, prompting a manhunt that involved several local police departments, including the Porter County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police. The men were taken into custody by 4 p.m.

Murray was shot by police during his apprehension after allegedly hijacking an Indiana Toll Road maintenance truck. He then attempted to drive into a maintenance worker and law enforcement, authorities said.

Valparaiso officers first were made aware of "several suspicious incidents" about 2 p.m. on the city's north side involving the three men, who drove there from Dolton. They are believed to be behind multiple thefts totaling $45,000, authorities said.

The Porter County sheriff's deputy and two state troopers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, according to the departments. Their identities haven't been released.

Check back at nwi.com for updates as this story develops.

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.