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Motorist found sleeping with gun was a convicted armed robber, Portage police say
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Motorist found sleeping with gun was a convicted armed robber, Portage police say

Jaqwan Mitchell

Jaqwan Mitchell

PORTAGE — A motorist found sleeping in his vehicle along northbound County Line Road near U.S. 12 with a handgun in his lap turned out to be a 28-year-old Gary man with a prior conviction for armed robbery, police said.

Jaqwan Mitchell was taken into custody on felony counts of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and carrying a handgun without a permit with a felony conviction, Portage police said.

Ride along with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the region's border of Lake Michigan as part of the Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit. Video by Connor Burge. 

Police said they were called out shortly after 9 p.m. Friday to the area in question after the sleeping motorist with the handgun was spotted by rangers with the Indiana Dunes National Park.

Police said they approached and found Mitchell sleeping in the driver's seat with a handgun in his lap. An officer reached inside the vehicle window and unlocked the doors at which time Mitchell began to wake up.

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Mitchell raised his hands as stretching and was advised to keep them lifted, police said. An officer removed the 9mm gun and discovered it had one round in the chamber and nine in the magazine.

Police said they learned Mitchell was convicted of felony armed robbery in Lake County in December 2015.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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