Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 13, 2012

Police news for Dec. 13, 2012


— An armed man robbed someone at the Topeka Livestock Auction Wednesday morning.

The hold-up occurred around 7:15 a.m. LaGrange County police said an individual was approached by a man armed with a handgun and wearing a ski mask and dark-colored clothes. The robber demanded money and left on foot after obtaining cash from the victim.

The robber was described as a white male, around 5 feet 4 inches tall, 20 to 30 years old and having a slender build.

Police believe the robber fled from a nearby business in a navy blue, mid-1990s Ford Ranger standard cab pickup truck. He was accompanied by a female. The truck was seen leaving Topeka eastbound on C.R. 700 South. It was being driven recklessly, passing several vehicles, police said.

Authorities say the robbers should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed or has information about the armed robbery call the LaGrange County Dispatch Center at 260-463-7491.

Crash reports

Several motorists were injured in recent crashes investigated by the Elkhart County police:

• A three-vehicle crash at 7:38 a.m. Tuesday morning on C.R. 17 injured two Goshen women, according to Elkhart County police.

A 2005 Nissan Frontier pickup driven by James Mikel, 49, South Bend lost control while headed north on C.R. 17 and slid into a 2006 Chevy Blazer SUV driven by Alicia Battles, 25, Goshen, which then slid into a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Larry Collins, 38, Elkhart.

Battles and her passenger, Autumn Arndt, 7, Goshen, complained of chest and neck pain and were taken to Elkhart General Hospital.

• A one-vehicle crash around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning on Ind. 119, west of C.R. 9, injured one passenger.

A 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Joseph Brown, 75, Knox, was traveling northeast on Ind. 119 when the vehicle began to slide and the driver overcorrected, according to Elkhart County police. The vehicle struck a fence post on the north side of the road, causing it to overturn onto its top.

The passenger, Shawn Suprenant, 45, Knox, was injured with lacerations to the hands and face, but he refused treatment.

Theft/burglary reports

• A Goshen resident reported to Goshen police a suspicious person came to their residence in the 600 block of Colorado St. claiming to be from a bank and wanted inside the residence at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The person was not admitted and left the area.

• Vonda Horst, 202 S. 28th St., Goshen, told Goshen police Tuesday someone stole her debit card and made a purchase with it at approximately 8 a.m. Dec. 6.

• Jose Cervantes, 22345 C.R. 45, Elkhart, told Goshen police someone stole tools from his unlocked Chevrolet truck parked at his residence between 6 p.m. Sunday and midnight Monday.

• Shannon Schrock, 736 Arbor St., Bristol, reported to Goshen police someone broke the back door of her residence between 7 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Monday and stole several electronic items.

Assault/Battery reports

• Officials at Goshen Middle School reported to Goshen police a student battered another student at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The student was arrested and released to a parent.

Vandalism reports

• Joel Pladson, 10173 Juniper Lane, Middlebury, told Goshen police someone fired a projectile into a window of his residence between 3 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday.

OWI arrests

• Andrew Stutzman, 28, 58837 C.R. 3, Elkhart, was observed driving erratically by Goshen police on a public highway by an off-duty officer at approximately 9:19 p.m. Tuesday. Stutzman was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated at 2300 block of Elkhart Road and transported to jail.

• Duane W. Stroud Jr., 32, 604 River Ave., Apt. 2, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police on a Elkhart County warrant, a Goshen warrant and a charge on driving a vehicle while intoxicated after being found to have crashed his car into a guardrail at the intersection of Indiana Ave. and River Ave. at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday. Stroud was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital and evaluated for injuries from the crash. He was medically cleared and transported to the Elkhart County Jail.