Nine people arrested at nuisance property in LaPorte County

(Photo supplied/LaPorte County Sheriff's Office)

Since 2021, deputies have responded to an alarming number of calls for service located at 2866 South County Road 550 West.  The 15 calls to the residence have included an alleged sexual battery, narcotic overdoses, thefts, noise and fire complaints, to name a few, and the most recent on April 10, where deputies responded to a fight involving several subjects.

Following the April 10 incident, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division began to further investigate the residence and rightful ownership.  It was discovered the homeowner passed away in 2021, and a subject identified as Jason P. Stryjewski has been staying at the residence since then.  Contact was established with relatives of the deceased homeowner who relayed that Stryjewski, along with any other occupants, were no longer welcome at the residence.

On April 11, Captain – Chief of Detectives Andy Hynek and Detective Jacob Koch visited the property.  Stryjewski and several subjects were located and instructed to vacate the property.  Based upon Stryjewski’s vulgar response, investigators suspected that he and many others would ignore the directive.  Captain Hynek secured an arrest warrant for Stryjewski for Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Criminal Trespass later in the day.

On April 12, Detectives, Day Shift Patrol Deputies, along with members of the Warrants Division and the Administration, converged on the residence and took a total of nine subjects into custody, including Stryjewski.  Three subjects were located inside the residence, while the remaining six subjects were found to be residing inside passenger and recreational vehicles on the property.

All nine subjects were removed from the property and transported to the LaPorte County Jail.

The following are the arrestees and subsequent charges:

  • Jason P. Stryjewski (42) – Aforementioned Charges
  • Austin E. Halderman (23) – Visiting a Common Nuisance, B-Misdemeanor
  • Jonathon R. McCullough (33) – Visiting a Common Nuisance, B-Misdemeanor
  • David J. Mrozinski Jr. (39) – Visiting a Common Nuisance, B-Misdemeanor
  • Christopher J. Michaels (32) – Visiting a Common Nuisance, B-Misdemeanor
  • Gary D. Morton II (41) – Visiting a Common Nuisance, B-Misdemeanor
  • Amber J. Stacy (35) – Visiting a Common Nuisance, B-Misdemeanor
  • Brandi L. Dorsey (27) – Visiting a Common Nuisance, B-Misdemeanor
  • Dakota Charlson (22) – Visiting a Common Nuisance, B-Misdemeanor

Captain Derek J. Allen stated, “This investigation, operation, and arrests put an end to a nuisance property that has been creating an excessive response and workload for deputies.  In addition, the quality of life for nearby residents of the property will begin to improve and return to normal.”

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