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Gary teen charged as adult in Portage murder

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A 16-year-old Gary boy has been waived into adult court and charged in connection with the murder in November 2019 of a Portage woman.

Roderick Silas--who was 15 at the time Andriana Saucedo was shot and killed--was waived into adult court on Wednesday, following a hearing in Porter County Juvenile Court.

The waiver order, signed by Juvenile Court Magistrate Kristen Mulligan, stated, “The court has not found from the evidence presented that it would be in the best interest of the juvenile and the safety and welfare of the community for the juvenile to remain in the juvenile justice system.”

Silas was subsequently charged with aiding, inducing, or causing murder; murder in perpetration of a robbery; and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the Portage Police Department, on Nov. 20, 2019, Adriana Saucedo was reported missing by her sister. Investigators subsequently accessed Saucedo’s Facebook account and found, as the last message, a conversation between her and a subject named “Gmo Dula.”

“The conversation begins in reference to the purchase of an iPhone but turns into Ms. Saucedo purchasing marijuana from Gmo Dula,” the affidavit states.

Investigators subsequently identified Gmo Dula “possibly” as the 15-year-old Roderick Silas, based on a photograph posted to the Gmo Dula Facebook account, the affidavit states. “After being read an Advice of Rights form, Silas and his (mother) agreed for him to be interviewed by investigators.”

Silas advised investigators that, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19, he, Jonathan Brown, and Shaun Thompson drove to Saucedo’s residence in the 6200 block of Kathryn Court to pick her up. Silas, at the wheel, asked Saucedo whether she minded stopping at a filling station to purchase gas and she agreed. They purchased gas, then Silas drove to the parking lot of the Frontier building, 2059 Crisman Road, “where he heard a gunshot,” the affidavit states. Silas “turned around and found that Thompson had shot Saucedo.”

The three then drove to the abandoned Horace Norton Elementary School in Gary and left Saucedo’s body inside, Silas advised investigators. Investigators, led to the scene by Silas and his parents, later recovered Saucedo’s body in the school cafeteria, wrapped in a large roll of red carpet, the affidavit states.

Silas also advised investigators that the next day, Nov. 20, Thompson was involved in a vehicle pursuit in Gary, driving the same vehicle in which Saucedo was shot, in the course of which he crashed and, while fleeing police officers on foot, threw the murder weapon into a wooded area, the affidavit states. Thompson was apprehended, and on Nov. 22 PPD investigators recovered a 9mm Ruger semiautomatic pistol from the wooded area, the affidavit states.

Meanwhile, Brown was taken into custody and, in the company of his parents, advised investigators that the plan to rob Saucedo was Silas’, that none of them had any marijuana to sell her, and that after driving to an unknown location and parking, Thompson shoot Saucedo as he was sitting next to her in the backseat, the affidavit states. Brown later recognized, “without prompting,” the parking lot of the Frontier building where Saucedo was shot, the affidavit states.

After leaving the body in the Horace Norton cafeteria, the three drove to a McDonald’s and a Pizza Hut for food. “Brown said Saucedo has $100 with her, $20 of which was used for gas,” the affidavit states. “Another $20 was given to him, and he believed Silas and Thompson split the remaining money.”

Thompson, for his part, while being interviewed with his parents in attendance, advised investigators “that after Saucedo was shot, he helped move her body.”

 

 

Posted 10/1/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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