Law and Order Lake County
November 14, 2012 4:36PM
Jessica L. Spillers, 26, of Crown Point, was charged by the Lake County Prosecutorâs office with receiving stolen property in connection with the May 30 home burglary | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 14, 2012 4:36PM
Woman took man’s car after hotel sex
A Gary woman is charged with stealing a man’s car and wallet, then lying to police about her identity.
Jewatha M. Pierce, 33, of 1010 E. 49th Ave., is already wanted on a warrant for violating her probation on prior felony convictions.
Now she faces two new felony charges of auto theft and theft and misdemeanor false informing based on a complaint by a man who had sex with her at Dollar Inn in Hobart Nov. 8.
The victim told Detective James Gonzales he met “Darlene” and drove her to her mother’s house, then to the motel where they had sex. While he was in the shower, “Darlene” left. The victim said he saw her driving away in his green Ford Explorer. Gonzales located the truck outside a Gary Housing Authority senior high-rise apartment building at 3280 Pierce St. after speaking to the woman who said her name was Latisha Bryant. Gonzales learned her real name and obtained criminal charges against her after the victim chose her from a photographic line-up.
Gonzales said Pierce frequents 40th Avenue and Broadway and the high-rise on Pierce Street.
Woman may have other burglaries
A Crown Point woman was charged Tuesday in connection with a May home burglary in the city and police are investigating her possible involvement in other similar crimes.
Jessica L. Spillers, 26, was charged by the Lake County Prosecutor’s office with receiving stolen property in connection with the May 30 home burglary. She is currently in the Lake County Jail. An $8,000 cash bond has been set, according to Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land.
“Our detective’s cases remain ongoing to determine whether this person is linked to any other of our agency’s investigations,” Land said.
Spillers faces similar charges filed Aug. 8 through the Lake County Sheriff’s Department for her role in a home burglary in the unincorporated area surrounding Crown Point.
As part of the investigation, police searched Spillers’ residence in the 700 block of Wood Street based on information police learned that stolen property from both cases could be found there. During the search, a stolen credit card containing the victim’s name was found.
“We will continue to work with and share information with the Sheriff’s Department,” Land said.
Radio Shack robbers charged
Two men have been charged in Lake Superior Court with robbery, criminal confinement and theft in an Oct. 15 holdup of the Radio Shack in Munster in which more than $30,000 in electronic items and cash were taken.
Javonte Colbert, 18, and Antoine Gates, 35, both of Gary, are charged in an Oct. 15 armed robbery of the store at 7967 Calumet Ave.
Two men came into the store at about 7:40 p.m. and one of the employees recognized Gates as having been there earlier. A third man also walked into the store and ordered the two employees to the back. One employee’s hands and feet were bound with duct tape, and the other employee’s ankles were bound with tape.
Colbert asked for keys to unlocked the cage, where phones and laptop computers are kept. One of the employees said they couldn’t open the without the keys, and the third, still unidentified suspect opened the cage and removed phones and laptops valued at more than $33,300.
The woman complied with demands to open the cash drawer. She handed the money to Colbert.
Police were able to identify the owner of the getaway car as Gates and obtained a search warrant for his home at 719 Hanley St., Gary. There, police found several pieces of electronic equipment from Radio Shack robberies in Griffith, Michigan City and Lansing, Ill., after the serial numbers were scanned and identified as belonging to those stores.
Man accused of molesting sentenced
A former Lake Station man facing 20 to 50 years on original child molesting charges was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison.
Blas Rojas, 26, of Crown Point, admitted he had a 6-year-old girl fondle his genitals and had a 4-year-old girl put his penis into her mouth. The crimes occurred around March 2011 at a home in Lake Station.
Rojas pleaded guilty to child solicitation, a class D felony. His plea agreement outlined the sentence and indicates he will retain the felony conviction on his criminal record.
Rojas had been free on bail until immigration authorities placed a hold on him.
Asked by Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell about the terms of the plea agreement, deputy prosecutor Dekeyu Sumner said there were issues regarding the age of the victims and their ability to testify at trial.
Gary man accused of sex misconduct
A 21-year-old Gary man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with attempted sexual misconduct with a minor.
Ashley Javon Toney, of 6200 E. U.S. 20, is charged with trying to get a 14-year-old girl to touch his penis. The girl refused. Toney unbuttoned her pants and tried to pull them down.
A police officer pulled up and saw the girl pulling up her pants. The incident occurred Nov. 11 near a park in the 2500 block of Putman Street, Lake Station.
When Toney picked up the girl in his car, she told him she was 14. The girl told police that six days prior the incident she told Toney she was 17.
Woman sentenced for resisting cops
A former Griffith woman was placed on probation for one year for misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and ordered to perform 30 hours of community service
Latrial Verelean Haywood, of Chicago, admitted she resisted arrest after police were called for a disturbance between her and her children’s father. The incident occurred June 25 at her apartment in the 1400 block of North Glenwood.
Defense attorney Michael Lambert said his client had suffered a miscarriage a few days before the incident and was emotionally distraught and agitated. In addition, Haywood told Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez that her car was repossessed the day of the incident.