An Indianapolis man
accused of forcibly entering a vacant Beverly Shores home and then occupying
it was apprehended on Thursday by Town Marshal Susan Resteau.
Hernandez, 23, is being held at Porter County Jail on charges of burglary,
criminal mischief, and theft.
Resteau gave this
account of Hernandez’s arrest.
On Thursday morning
she was called to assist the Beverly Shores Fire Department following a
report of smoke in a residence on Lakefront Drive, made by the home’s
caretaker, who also advised that on his arrival at the house he found an
unknown vehicle parked in the driveway. Resteau subsequently made contact
with the caretaker, who gave her this new piece of information: that he’d
seen movement inside the residence.
Resteau told the
Chesterton Tribune that she made entry on the lower level, using the
caretaker’s house key, and observed on reaching the main level that someone
had started a fire in the kitchen sink using paper towels and cigars.
Resteau also observed that a fire had been started in the fireplace, without
the flue’s having been opened.
Resteau said that
she went about clearing the residence, room by room, until finally reaching
a bedroom on the top floor, whose door was locked. Resteau instructed the
unknown subject inside the bedroom to unlock the door and exit with hands
raised, and when that failed to have the desired effect she warned him that
her next move would be to kick the door in. At that point, Resteau said, a
male subject--later identified as Hernandez--unlocked the door, exited the
bedroom, and surrendered himself.
that he’d taken a family member’s vehicle and was heading to Chicago when he
had car problems on Wednesday. Finding himself in Beverly Shores, Hernandez
spotted a house on Lakefront Drive which appeared vacant, then made entry
after breaking a window and stayed the night, Resteau said.
Hernandez had no
documentation on his person and Resteau said that U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement later advised her that he is this country illegally and
is subject to removal following adjudication in Porter County.
A charge of theft
was also filed against Hernandez after a television belonging to the
homeowner was found in the trunk of Hernandez’s car, Resteau added.
transported to the Porter County Jail.