Merrillville teen arrested in connection with Gary homicide
by Lori Caldwell email@example.com | 648-3258 July 18, 2012 4:50PM
(left) Gary detective cpl. Jeffery Hornyak and agents from the Gang Response Investigative Team leave 7366 Bigger St. in Merrillville Wednesday afternoon after collecting evidence | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 20, 2012 11:51AM
GARY — Police raided a house in Merrillville on Wednesday afternoon where they seized evidence and arrested a teenage suspect in the shooting death last week of Omari Barnes.
Dcartia Le Braun Hoskins, 17, of 7366 Bigger St., is in custody pending murder charges.
Barnes, 35, was found shot to death Friday at his Tarrytown home. Police believe the killer stole items from the house at the same time.
Detectives Sgt. Larry Robertson, Cpl. Jeffery Hornyak and Cpl. Michael Barnes, along with Lake County crime lab detectives and members of the FBI-led Gang Response Investigative Team, searched Hoskins’ home and left with bags of evidence.
Barnes, who had been wounded at least twice before he was killed, had himself been charged with murder in 2002. He and another man were accused of killing a Tarrytown neighbor of Barnes. The charges were dropped when witnesses refused to testify in the trial.
Hoskins was identified as a suspect after witnesses provided information to investigators.
Robertson is expected to present his evidence to prosecutors this week.