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CROWN POINT — A 20-year-old man was arrested Sunday in Hammond on allegations he robbed a woman at gunpoint. 

A second man was arrested on vehicle theft and resisting law enforcement charges after he allegedly fled from officers searching for the robbery suspect. 

Deshawn R. Anderson was charged Thursday in Lake Criminal Court with armed robbery, intimidation, pointing a firearm and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

A woman called 911 Sunday night to report she was sitting in her vehicle in the 7000 block of Alabama Avenue when a man pointed a firearm at her and ordered her to give him her purse, records state.

The woman said the suspect wore a blue shirt and fled in a dark-colored minivan, records state.

A police officer spotted a purple minivan parked at a gas station in the 6800 block of Indianapolis Boulevard. He noted a man in a blue shirt was inside the business. The officer attempted to question the man, but he managed to flee the scene, records state.

Police found a 9 mm handgun and the woman's purse in the minivan. Anderson was later arrested and admitted he robbed the woman, records state.

A second man was arrested while police were searching for the robbery suspect, records state.

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Jeremi J. Williams, 25, was charged Tuesday with unlawful gun possession, auto theft and resisting law enforcement after he allegedly started a high-speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle.

A police officer searching for the robbery suspect spotted Willliams early morning Monday sitting in a vehicle parked illegally in the 1000 block of Drackert Street, records state. Williams drove away and the patrolman attempted to stop his vehicle, which resulted in a police pursuit.

Williams briefly stopped the vehicle, but then fled again, eventually reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour on Calumet Avenue before the officer canceled the pursuit. The vehicle was found abandoned near 119th Street and Front Street in Whiting. Williams was found hiding in a garage nearby, records state.

Police learned the vehicle was stolen the day prior from Williams' friend, records state. A 40-caliber handgun was found in the vehicle, which Williams was prohibited from owning due to a 2012 conviction in Illinois for residential burglary.

Anderson is in custody on a $95,000 surety bond, records state. Williams' surety bond is $75,000.

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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.