CROWN POINT — A second man has been arrested in connection with a home invasion in Hammond where a woman was pistol-whipped, ordered to undress, robbed and locked in a bedroom with her baby.
Jose O. Santiago Esteras, 26, of Chicago's Hegewisch neighborhood, is wanted on four felony counts of burglary, two counts of robbery and two counts of criminal confinement.
Santiago Esteras is accused of participating in the Feb. 4 home invasion in the 1100 block of Sibley Street.
Santiago Esteras' co-defendant, Bonard Rodriguez, 26, is accused of holding the woman in a bedroom with a gun to her head, ordering her to strip naked and searching her. Meanwhile, Santiago Esteras and at least one other suspect ransacked the house, Lake Criminal Court records allege.
The suspects fled with a large sum of cash, electronics, medication and jewelry, records say.
The woman was able to put on a robe, climb out a window with her baby and seek help at a nearby home, police said.
Hammond police reviewed surveillance video from the area and used the Blue Net license plate reader system to link the suspects to a trailer park in Hegewisch where Santiago Esteras and Rodriguez both live, records show.
Surveillance video also showed Santiago Esteras accompanied Rodriguez Feb. 4 to a pawn shop, where Rodriguez attempted to pawn jewelry believed to have been taken during the home invasion, records say. Rodriguez identified himself by name to pawn shop employees, according to a probable cause affidavit.