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Updated: May 29, 2013 7:45AM



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Hammond men face burglary charge

Two Hammond men arrested outside the vacant Kuny Elementary School on April 6 were released a short time later, but have since been charged with burglary.

Patrolmen Julian Bliss and Calvin Taylor arrived at 5050 Vermont St. in response to reports of a burglary. The found four men hiding in bushes near the building, which is being renovated by Life Church. One suspect fled, one was a juvenile and officers arrested Jossean Echevarria, 24, and Naftali Toledo, 36, who admitted to police they went to the site to steal, the probable cause affidavit states.

Echevarria has a pending burglary charge in Hammond, court records show.

Warrants have been issued for both men. Echevarria will be held without bail. Toledo has a $20,000 bond to be released when he is arrested.

Second charge of
choking girlfriend

For the second time, Joseph D. Murray, 58, has been charged with choking his girlfriend.

Murray, of 1019 Colfax St., is charged with intimidation, strangulation and battery resulting in bodily injury, for an alleged March 6 assault on his girlfriend.

She told Detective JerVean Gates that she was trying to “work it out” with Murray even after he was convicted of strangulation on Feb. 15, the probable cause affidavit states. But during the more recent argument, Murray “became angry and threw her walking boot at her and struck her same injured leg,” the affidavit states.

He then threatened to kill her if she called police.

Murray will be held without bail when he is apprehended.



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