United States Attorney David Capp announced Wednesday another major incident
in his office’s ongoing federal-local law enforcement effort focused on
violent crime in Northwest Indiana.
According to a press release sent by the U.S. Attorney’s office on
Wednesday, an indictment named four defendants who are alleged, in various
combinations, to have committed 15 armed robberies in East Chicago, Gary,
Hammond and Merrillville over the past 10 months: Nathan Elmore, 21, of
Gary; Lavelle Hatley, 17, of Gary; Jeremiah Stevenson, 22, of Gary; and
Seandell Rounds, 20, of Riverdale, Ill.
Rounds was involved in a robbery at a Subway in Gary in July; Hatley was
involved in robberies at a Subway in Gary in June and a Domino’s Pizza in
October; Elmore was involved in a robbery at Rally’s in Gary in January;
Elmore and Hatley were both involved in robberies at a Rally’s in Gary in
September, a Family Dollar in Gary twice in October, a Church’s Chicken in
Gary in October, a KFC in Gary in November, and an Auto Zone in Gary in
January; Elmore and Stevenson were both involved in robberies at a Game Stop
in Hammond in January and Tech Credit Union in February; Hatley and Rounds
were both involved in a robbery at Auto Zone in Merrillville in February;
and Elmore, Hatley and Stevenson were all three together involved in a
robbery at Auto Zone in Hammond in February.
Each robbery also carries one count of possession of a firearm in
furtherance of, during and in relation to the robberies.
All have been in custody since February and will be arraigned before
Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich on May 18.
The indictment was the result of a cooperative law enforcement effort by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, the East Chicago and Gary police
departments, the Hammond Police Department and the Merrillville Police
“We will continue to work in partnership with our police departments to
focus federal resources on alleged violent offenders,” stated Capp. “Our
objective is to remove these offenders from the streets. Once arrested, we
will seek to hold them with no bond. These four defendants have all been
ordered held without bond. If convicted of the charges, we will seek
substantial federal sentences to keep these violent offenders off the
“Persons in Northwest Indiana who are involved in criminal gangs or other
violent crime need to understand that we are focusing our efforts on them
and, when appropriate, we will bring the full weight of the federal criminal
system on them,” Capp said.
The case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United
States Attorneys Dean Lanter and Jennifer Chang-Adiga.
The United States Attorney’s office emphasized that an indictment is merely
an allegation and that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty
If convicted, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the
judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal