Man found in NW Indiana lake was killed during robbery attempt, police say

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LAKE STATION, Ind. — Police say they believe a 34-year-old man whose body was found in a northwest Indiana lake Sunday may have been killed during a robbery attempt over the holiday weekend.

A resident feeding ducks near Grand Boulevard Lake spotted a body submerged in its shallow waters just before noon on Sunday, Lake Station Police Chief Dave Johnson said Monday.

Firefighters and police responding to the scene recovered the body, which was later identified as 34-year-old Erik Lozano of East Chicago. After an autopsy, the Lake County Coroner's Office determined Lozano had been stabbed multiple times and his death was ruled a homicide.

During a press conference Monday, Johnson said police received information that led them to believe Lozano was stabbed to death during a robbery attempt in East Chicago, and his body was taken to Lake Station and dumped into the Grand Boulevard Lake, where it was discovered.

Johnson said four suspects between the ages of 19 and 21 in custody in connection with the murder, and charges with the Lake County prosecutor's office are pending.

His father said Lozano wasn’t married and had no kids, and he last saw his son on Thursday night. Neighbors described him as nice and laid back.

Johnson said while they believe Lozano was killed over the holiday weekend, they have not confirmed an exact date yet.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake Station Police Department and the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force.

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