Anthony Hood. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 24, 2013 6:21AM
GARY — An 18-year-old Portage man is in custody, charged with the Dec. 17 shooting death and robbery of a mentally handicapped man.
Anthony Hood, of 5333 Aspen Ave., was arrested Saturday night when Cpl. Damon Bradshaw and Patrolman Jeston Walker stopped a car after seeing the driver and front seat passenger were not wearing seat belts. Hood was in the back seat.
The officers knew that Violent Crimes Detective Cpl. James Nielsen believed Hood was responsible for Taylor’s death and arrested him.
Hood is charged with murder and felony murder in the perpetration of a robbery. He is also charged with possession of heroin and marijuana, which police found on him when he was arrested Saturday. He is being held with no bond, court records show.
Taylor, 25, of Aetna, had walked to a gas station on U.S. 20 west of Clay Street about 9 p.m. that night. His mother told Nielsen that he would sometimes walk there and ask customers for money to buy cigarettes, the probable cause affidavit states. The victim’s mother said her son did not have any money with him and that smoking interfered with the medicine he took for his mental illness.
Witnesses told Nielsen that after word of Taylor’s death spread, Hood admitted he was with another man when he shot Taylor after “trying to hit a lick,” which is street slang for attempting a robbery.
“Richard had run on them and they caught up with him at a cut-off on Aetna Street and he and the other man started to kick Richard and Anthony further stated that he decided that, ‘I was going to burn him,’ “ the probable cause affidavit states.
Taylor’s body was found near 913 Aetna St. He had been beaten and shot.
Nielsen learned Hood sold the weapon to another man, and that new owner surrendered it to police.