Law and Order Gary
December 31, 2012 5:16PM
Updated: February 2, 2013 6:18AM
Police recovered a stolen Jeep and arrested a carjacking suspect minutes after the victim reported his car stolen early on Dec. 29.
Martell J. Harper, 26, was arrested shortly before 4 a.m. inside a vacant Westbrook apartment where he was hiding in a closet.
The victim told police he was at a gas station at 21st Avenue and Grant Street about 3:33 a.m. when a man with a gun forced him and his passenger out of his car.
Lt. Thomas Pawlak, Cpl. Brock Brnicky and Patrolman Donald Evans saw the gold-colored Jeep near 6th Avenue and Waverly Drive and saw two men jump from the car and let it roll into a nearby utility pole as they ran.
Brnicky, Evans and Patrolman Jeffery Frencher searched the empty apartment and found Harper, who was arrested pending charges of carjacking and criminal trespass.
Lake County police officers, including a K-9 unit, assisted in the search.
Wanted suspect arrested after gunfire
Gunfire near the city’s downtown led police to the arrest of a 23-year-old man who was wanted on a warrant from Porter County.
Patrolmen Darnell Walker and Jeffery Frencher went to the 800 block of Delaware Street about 12:20 a.m. Dec. 29 and saw a black car described by witnesses as car where they saw someone shooting.
Thabiso Manamela admitted he had been drinking, had fired the gun and that there was a warrant for his arrest.
2 teens arrested for possession of stolen gun
Cpl. Timothy Komoscar watched a driver using the wrong lane at Ridge Road and Grant Street Thursday morning, then stopped him after he heard the tires on the car squeal.
Komoscar smelled marijuana coming from the car and questioned the driver, Ronald Steward, 19, and passenger, Malcolm Gore, 19.
During a search of the car, Komoscar found a handgun that he learned had been reported stolen.
Both teens were arrested pending charges of receiving stolen property and carrying a handgun without a license.
Police, K-9 chase suspected burglar
Lake County Sheriff’s Department police arrested a burglary suspect in Black Oak Dec. 28 after they chased him through the neighborhood and released K-9 Loki to capture him.
Terrance L. Moore, 32, was seen running from a burglary that had just occurred in the 3300 block of Calhoun Street about 10:30 p.m.
Gary police chased Moore and a second man, who was not apprehended, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.
Moore climbed over a fence with Loki and his partner, Cpl. John Artibey, in pursuit. Artibey is assigned to the Lake County Gang Task Force.