EAST CHICAGO | East Chicago police took 16 people into custody and seized guns and marijuana Monday after officers responding to a report of shots fired stopped a car with apparent bullet holes fleeing the area, an official said.
The department's SpotSpotter gunshot-detection technology reported multiple gunshots about 7:48 p.m. in the vicinity of 4108 Northcote Ave., Police Chief Mark Becker said in a release.
An officer responded to the area and saw a vehicle speeding away. The officer stopped the vehicle and saw it appeared to have been hit by bullets.
Police found two .22-caliber handguns and 32 grams of marijuana during a search of the vehicle, the release said.
Five people in the vehicle were taken into custody on an investigation of criminal recklessness, possession of marijuana and carrying a handgun without a license. They were identified as Jordan A. Polk, 21, and Ki ante Bassett, 18, both of Merrillville; Javon D Henson, 22, Anton Rogers, 27, and Joshua J. Clinton, 22, all of Gary.
Police then returned to the area of 4108 Northcote and recovered 13 bullet casings, the release said.
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Investigators smelled marijuana at the residence and obtained a search warrant for the home at 4108 Northcote. A small amount of marijuana was found inside, the release said.
Ten people in the house were detained for an investigation of possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and visiting a common nuisance. They were identified as Jessica Bahena-Alvarez, 19, of Griffith; Jonathan Comanse, 27, of Gary; Mario Resendiz, 22, Dominique Perez, 20, Jennifer Morataya, 20, Alberto Tirado, 25, Erik Avila, 19, and Jorge Esqueda, 21, all of East Chicago. Two juveniles also were arrested and released to their parents.
Miguel Marines, 20, of East Chicago, was detained after he arrived at the house and allegedly admitted a vehicle parked in front belonged to him. Police obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found 32 grams of marijuana inside, the release said.
The shell casings, which were from two different caliber weapons, will be submitted to authorities for comparison to see if the guns may have been used in other crimes, Becker said.
"This is a classic example of how the ShotSpotter technology has been of benefit to our residents," he said.