4 Charged in Connection With Northwest Indiana Home Invasion

Four people have been charged in connection with a home invasion on Monday in Hammond, Indiana.

Officers responded about 9:45 a.m. to a home in the 3000 block of Crane Place after someone reported that an armed home invasion was in progress, a spokesman for Hammond police said.

Four people were taken into custody after police arrived, police said.

Nathaniel Asbury, 21, of Hammond, was charged with two counts of rape, burglary, armed robbery, criminal confinement, intimidation, pointing a firearm and resisting police, according to police. Elias Costello, 18, of East Chicago, was charged with rape, burglary, armed robbery, criminal confinement and sexual battery. Alexis Lietz, 18, of Hammond, was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

A 16-year-old boy was also taken into custody, police said. His charges were not announced, and his case will be handled in juvenile court.

Police did not respond to a request for more information about the case Thursday.

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