were arrested and charged on Friday in connection with the armed robbery
earlier in the day of the Speedy Mart gas station at 1175 Broadway,
Chesterton Police said.
Charged with one
count of robbery were Michael Joseph Maupin, 19, of 1428 N. Veden Road in
Westchester Township; and Jason Michael Harvey, 31, of 1724 W. Morgan Ave.
According to a
statement released this morning by the CPD, a few minutes before the robbery
occurred, at 4:10 a.m. Friday, a male subject entered the Speedy Mart to
inquire about “tobacco blunts or the cheapest cigarettes they had.” The
clerk advised police that she found the man suspicious because he was
wearing gloves and a scarf and was “sweating profusely.” When she asked him
for identification, the man told her that he had none and was not from the
United States, although he “did not speak with any accent,” police said. The
man then left the store and headed westbound.
later the man re-entered the store, this time with his face and hands
“covered in some type of black shoe polish or paint,” the clerk said.
When she asked him
whether he had just been in the business, the man said that he hadn’t, then
pulled a black and silver semi-automatic pistol from his backpack and
demanded money, police said. The clerk opened the register and the man
removed all of the cash, then fled the store, again headed westbound, police
Officers from the
CPD and Porter PD responded as did a K-9 unit from the Portage PD, but they
were unsuccessful in locating a suspect.
Then, at 11:54 a.m.
Friday, a customer at the McDonald’s reported “a male wearing a black hoodie
with the hood up and acting ‘sketchy.’” CPD officers and Det. Nick Brown
responded and made contact with the man--identified as Maupin--who was
detained for questioning after it was determined that he “matched the
description of the male subject who had earlier robbed the Speedy Mart.”
Police said that
Maupin “had remnants of what appeared to be black spray paint over his head
and arms,” with a “strong concentration on the rear of his head.” There were
also “trace amounts” on his “face, ears, neck, arms, hands, and under his
finger nails,” police added.
interview with Brown, police said, Maupin “mentioned the name of “Jason
‘Gotti” Harvey” as “possibly being involved.”
A search warrant
was subsequently obtained and executed on Harvey’s residence on West Morgan
Ave., and Harvey advised that “he was walking with (Maupin) in the early
morning hours of June 1, 2018, in the vicinity of the Speedy Mart,” police
(Maupin) was covered in spray-paint, had plasti-dip on his (fingers) to
conceal his finger prints, (was) in possession of a realistic BB gun, and
who on multiple occasions (stated) he was going to rob the Speedy Mart.”
Both Maupin and
Harvey were transported to Porter County Jail without incident.
Robbery is a Level
3 felony punishable by a term of three to 16 years.