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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Two Charged Following Arrest in Merrillville, Indiana

HAMMOND- Reilly Jackson, Jr, 23, of Griffith, Indiana was charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to commit robbery affecting commerce following his arrest on March 18, 2019, in Merrillville, Indiana, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.  In addition, Delvin Perkins, 23, of South Holland, Illinois was charged in a criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm following his arrest on the same day.   

U.S. Attorney Kirsch said, “Prosecuting and reducing violent crime are top priorities of my office.  This case demonstrates how effective proactive police work can be to reducing violent crime.  I commend the FBI and other law enforcement agencies involved in this case.” 

The criminal complaint against Jackson alleges that, on March 18, 2019, in Merrillville, Indiana, an investigation led law enforcement to make a traffic stop on a vehicle he was driving after law enforcement, in addition to other information received, observed the vehicle following a Brinks armored truck as it made multiple stops to collect money from banks and businesses.  Additional investigation led Jackson to be charged with conspiracy to commit robbery affecting commerce of the armored Brinks truck. 

The criminal complaint against Perkins alleges that, as a passenger in the vehicle driven by Jackson, he possessed two firearms recovered from the vehicle.  With a prior felony conviction, Perkins was charged in a criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of firearms. 

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that a criminal complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons are presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty in court.

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

These cases are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. McGrath.

 

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Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated March 20, 2019