Criminal Justice

Austgen Murder Suspect Charged

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An Illinois man has been charged with murder for the shooting of a Griffith business woman. Griffith police announced Thursday that charges have been filed in connection with the death of 76-year-old Mary Austgen.
57-year-old Ralph Perez Martinez faces charges of murder, robbery and criminal confinement. Martinez was taken from his Alsip home Tuesday after a tip lead police there to execute a search warrant. Austgen was found dead of a single gunshot to the abdomen inside her soprts utility vehicle in the parking garage of Majestic Star Casino in Gary on March 29th. Martinez is a former tenant in the business park which Austgen owned and managed. Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance says information released earlier this week regarding two rings which were taken from Austgen lead to the arrest. Mance says the rings have not been located.


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