While officers were en route, the woman told dispatchers the man had broken out a window and she discharged her firearm but was unsure if she shot him, police said.
The defendant is accused of appearing with a gun and face mask at a man's door Aug. 14, 2020, in a Merrillville subdivision.
Residents provided police with a description of the suspect and video footage, which included images of a person officers recognized from previous contacts, a news release said.
After learning defendant Valentine Torrez had not cooperated with a detective seeking to execute a search warrant for his DNA, a judge set Torrez's bail at $100,000 cash.
"At this time we believe this incident to be isolated and do not have reason to believe there is an ongoing threat to the community," police said.
Garrett Whittenburg, 38, formally pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges of rape, child molesting, armed robbery, criminal confinement and burglary.
A 29-year-old Hammond man was arrested Sunday after allegedly striking two vehicles while fleeing Griffith police.
Bill Enslen, 75, was known as a well-respected practicing attorney throughout Northwest Indiana, said longtime friend Dyer Town Manager Tom DeGuilio.
Police dogs were dispatched to the area and officers are searching for surveillance footage of the incident.
"Capt. Austin was in his own home, his sanctuary, where he should feel safe, when he was ambushed by the defendant and his friends," Judge Jamise Perkins said.
A woman told police a man knocked at her door, pointed a gun at her, took her purse and fled the area with another male.
"The level of depravity, the callousness, the sadisticness," Cappas said. "It was horrific."
In addition to targeting elderly women living alone in apartments, the suspect is operating during the over-night hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., police said.
Alexis Lietz, 22, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit burglary, a level 2 felony, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, a level 3 felony.
If Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel Cappas accepts his plea agreement, the man would be required to register as a sex offender and would be deemed a sexually violent predator.
A man crashed a car into and tried to break into someone's home minutes after fleeing from the scene of a hit-and-run crash, police say.
Co-defendants Elias Costello, Nathaniel J. Asbury, and Isiah Barboza took turns holding the shotgun while Asbury and Barboza raped a female relative of Costello's then-girlfriend during a 2018 home invasion, a plea agreement states.
Rodriguez admitted he and others took $1,500 from he woman's purse while making her undress and left with the cash, an iPhone, medication, iMac Air computer, PlayStation 4 and games, four controllers, a gaming headset, two cameras and jewelry.
Teal L. Cross, 27, previously was charged in the April 2018 double homicide of two people in New Chicago, records show. Prosecutors dropped murder charges last year.
A DeMotte man was sentenced for his role in a September 2016 home invasion in which a man was shot in the leg.
The woman was found dead in her home when police responded to the residence for a report of a home invasion.
At this time, police said they were unable to release further information about the nature of the woman’s death or the home invasion.
The 32-year-old woman smelled smoke shortly after the men left her residence in the 1000 block of Matthews Street and ran to a neighbor's home for help, Gary police Lt. Dawn Westerfield said.