LAKE COUNTY — Two teens were taken into custody by Lake County Sheriff's police in connection with the homicide of a 16-year-old during an attempted Xbox sale, police said.
The Lake County Sheriff's Tactical Unit executed search warrants on a home in Gary and a home in Crown Point, Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez said.
A 17-year-old and 18-year-old were taken into custody at Lake County Jail, he said.
Lake County Sheriff's police have been investigating the homicide of 16-year-old Johnny Peluyera of Merrillville after the teen was shot and killed in Gary.
Charges against both teens have not yet been filed, Martinez said. Charges are expected to be filed this week and the names of both suspects will be released. Authorities are asking the 17-year-old be charged as an adult, Martinez said.
On June 12, Johnny Peluyera and his father drove to the 5000 block of Maryland Street in Gary to sell the teen's Xbox to two prospective buyers who connected with the teen online. While examining the game console, a suspect brandished a handgun, police said.
Johnny Peluyera's father told the 16-year-old to run back to their vehicle, but the boy was hit before making it to the car's passenger seat, with the Xbox still in his hands.
After being shot, he was able to make it into the vehicle and the father drove them a short distance to the intersection of 51st Avenue and Maryland Street, where the father called 911. When police and first responders arrived, Johnny Peluyera was still in the car seat, showing no signs of life, police said.
The suspects were previously described as two black men in their late teens or early 20s wearing hoodies and basketball shorts, police said.
Johnny Peluyera's dad, John Peluyera, previously made a statement, urging the person who shot his son to turn themselves in.
“Bring yourself in,” John Peluyera said. “It's a life you took that somebody loved. My son had a big bright future ahead of him that you shattered. It's not something you can replace. It's not a book you can open and close and re-read again. It's a chapter that was started and is never going to end. You took not only a soul, but you took half of my soul that nothing will ever fulfill again, and a little brother who is lost.”