Four Men Arrested After Holding Woman Captive To Steal Her Stimulus Money

(LAKE STATION) – Four men were arrested Sunday morning after they robbed a woman of her stimulus money.

Left to right: Paul David Blankenship, Phillip David Guzman,
Bottom row, left to right: Christopher William Jay Henderson, Jacob Baughman
Photo courtesy of Lake County Jail

On Sunday morning just before 6 a.m., a woman drove to the Lake Station Police Department to report she was held against her will inside her home by four men she knew.

The woman told police the men broke into her home around 1:30 a.m. One of the men had a gun. They stole her phone so she couldn’t call 911.

She told police the men knew she had recently received her stimulus check, and they wanted it.

The men left the home after holding her captive inside her home for four hours. They told her not to leave because they would return, but when she was sure they were gone, she drove to the police station.

Police arrested Paul David Blankenship, Phillip David Guzman, Christopher William Jay Henderson, and Jacob Baughman on charges of burglary with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, criminal confinement while armed with a ready weapon, and residential breaking and entry.