Armed NW Indiana Man Nabs Teen Carjackers

Carjackers ran to man's yard, but he had a gun, police say

Sunday, Nov 20, 2011  |  Updated 11:19 AM CDT
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Armed NW Indiana Man Nabs Teen Carjackers

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A Northwest Indiana man was glad he had his gun with him, when two accused carjackers ran into his yard.

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A northwest Indiana man's evening walk with his dog turned into a confrontation with two accused carjackers Saturday night.

Two boys, 14 and 15, along with another teen, had allegedly carjacked a 1999 Toyota 4-Runner in Michigan City, when around 8:45 p.m. an Indiana State Police Trooper began chasing the stolen SUV on westbound I-80, a press release from Indiana State Police said.

The boys eventually ran the 4-Runner up onto a curb at 165th Street and Kennedy Avenue in Hammond and took off running, the release said. The trooper chased the driver who went one way, but lost sight of him.

The two other boys ran to house where a man was in his yard with his dog.  The man saw what was going on and apparently made it clear that he was armed. The two boys then lay on the ground and waited until Hammond police arrived and arrested them.

The boys, who are both from Michigan City, were taken to the Lake County Juvenile Center in Crown Point and were charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespassing and armed carjacking.

The carjacked driver was not hurt.

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