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April 11, 2012

Four arrested after teen chases burglars

LIGONIER — Four Goshen teen-agers were arrested Monday morning and accused of a home invasion after a break-in at a home on Green Street in Ligonier.

Police were called at 10:45 a.m. Monday to 302 Green St. when a resident reported a break-in. The home is just outside the city limits of Ligonier.

The caller, who is a 17-year-old boy, said he was sleeping at his parents’ home when the burglars broke into his bedroom. He said a man was above him wearing a ski mask and holding what looked like a crowbar.

According to a police report, the teen chased the invaders from the home and they ran to a neighboring house and fled in a gray minivan. The 17-year-old attempted to gain entry into the van as it drove away and fell to the pavement, police said, injuring his hands and knees.

Ligonier police located a van matching the description and stopped it on River Road. Three young men were found in the van along with items stolen from the home, officers reported. A fourth teen was located later in the investigation.

Those arrested on charges of Class A felony burglary are Jose Alfaro-Castaneda, 18, 212 N. Main St., Edgar Espinosa, 18, 1607 West Ave., Christian David Reyes, 18, 311 S. Seventh St., and a 17-year old Hispanic boy also from Goshen.

Police said all four suspects are being held without bond and are believed to be in the United States illegally. The adults were placed in the Noble County jail and the juvenile was taken to the Allen County Juvenile Center, Fort Wayne.

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