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Police investigate a fatal accident Thursday morning on County Line Road near Winfield.

HEBRON — A home invasion Thursday morning at the Gas-Lite Mobile Home Park that ultimately landed two people in the hospital and left one dead was motivated by a personal issue among people who knew each other, said Hebron Police Chief Joshua Noel.

"This was very targeted," he said Friday morning.

Jeffery Martin, 43, of Cedar Lake, and Kurt Falkenberg, 36, of Crown Point, broke into the mobile home around 9 a.m. and beat the 35-year-old male resident with weapons, Noel said.

The two men then fled in a Toyota Camry and collided with another vehicle near the 12700 block of County Line Road, police said.

Falkenberg was pronounced dead at the scene. Martin was taken to Franciscan Health Crown Point, where he was held overnight before being taken to Porter County Jail about 4 p.m. Friday, Noel said. 

Martin was booked on an outstanding warrant, charges involving battery with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony, and aggravated battery, a level 3 felony.

Noel hopes the Porter County prosecutor's office will agree Monday to additional charges.

Falkenberg targeted the victim over a child custody dispute, Noel said.

Noel said his department was preparing information to present to prosecutors for charges against the accused assailant. The department is suggesting charges including aggravated battery, residential entry and burglary.

Lake County police are handing any charges stemming from the crash scene, said Lake County Sheriff's Department spokesman Emiliano Perez.

The driver of other car involved in the crash — a 25-year-old woman from DeMotte — was reportedly in and out of consciousness at the scene and had to be extricated from the car and transported to a hospital, according to Perez.

The resident of the mobile home suffered extensive injuries, Noel said.

Police had not yet arrived on the scene of the home invasion by the time the accused assailants fled, he said.

"There was no police pursuit or involvement in the crash," Noel said.

Noel credited the Winfield police department and Lake County Sheriff's Department for their help. 

"They were instrumental in responding to the scene of the accident and actually capturing the suspect," he said.


Porter/LaPorte county 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.