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Eric Dillon Indicted For 7-Eleven Hobbs Act Robbery And Causing Death

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana

HAMMOND- United States Attorney David Capp announced today that an Indictment was filed charging Eric M. Dillon, 27, of Gary, Indiana with one count of Hobbs Act Robbery, one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of causing death during a crime of violence.

On January 20, 2016, at approximately 4:30 am, Dillon allegedly entered the 7-Eleven store at 6031 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, Indiana. Dillon entered the store with a handgun, demanded money, and shot and killed the clerk.

United States Attorney Capp said, “this tragic act of violence will not be tolerated in our community.  My office and federal law enforcement will continue to utilize all of our resources to work with our state and local partners to apprehend and prosecute these perpetrators.”

This case was investigated by the Hammond Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas M. McGrath and Jennifer Chang.

Anyone with any knowledge of Eric Dillon or his associates is urged to call the FBI at 219-769-3719 or 317-595-4000.  All phone calls will be treated confidentially.

The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

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Updated March 10, 2016

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