Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 4, 2013

POLICE NEWS: Sept. 4, 2013


— Elkhart police shot and killed a man Sunday following a foot pursuit.

Dead is Jamie I. Benavidez, 27, Elkhart.

Prior to the shooting, Elkhart police had responded to a burglary-in-progress call at 332 W. Hubbard. Indiana State Police said Benavidez and a juvenile male fled from the home, and a foot pursuit began.

The boy, at 14, reportedly gave up and was arrested at 312 W. Lusher Ave. He was later released to his father. Police continued to pursue Benavidez until the chase ended at 328 W. Lusher. Elkhart police officers shot Benavidez after he allegedly pointed a gun at them.

Three Elkhart police officers fired their weapons at Benavidez, investigators reported. Those officers are Cpl. Bruce Anglemyer, 23 years with the Elkhart Police Department; Cpl. James Ballard, 16 years with EPD; and Sgt. K. Miller, 12 years with EPD.

Indiana State Police personnel are investigating the shooting as a matter of Elkhart Police Department’s protocol of having an outside agency complete an investigation involving its officers.

Crash reports

• A motorcyclist was injured at C.R. 24 and C.R. 3 near Elkhart Sunday.

The crash occurred at 1:57 p.m. According to Elkhart County police, a 1994 Harley Davidson XL1200 motorcycle driven by Debra Rigley, 59, Elkhart, approached a curve traveling too fast and left C.R. 24 and went into a ditch. The motorcycle slid onto C.R. 3 and came to a stop in the intersection of C.R. 24 and C.R. 3. Rigley was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment of lacerations to her left forehead, back of head, multiple abrasions over her body and complaint of back pain. She was issued a citation for conditions requiring driving at reduced speed.

Firearm displayed

Two people told LaGrange County police that someone pointed a firearm at them Saturday as they drove down the road.

The incident occurred on C.R. 450 North near C.R. 500 West, north of Shipshewana. The individual with the shotgun said he believed the two people in the car were casing his property to break in and rob him.

The two in the car said the firearm was pointed at them. The man with the shotgun said he only displayed it.

LaGrange County police said information will be forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office for review.

Theft/burglary reports

• Crystal Thayer, 37, Goshen, was arrested on a charge of criminal conversion around 6 p.m. Monday at Meijer, 4522 Elkhart. Thayer was released on a memorandum to appear in Goshen City Court.

• Isabel H. Lopez of Goshen told city police Sunday that someone had attempted to break into her vehicle while it was parked at 2932 Elkhart Road.

• Benjamin R. Wilson told Elkhart County police that his business, C.R. Advanced Inc., 22638 C.R. 118, Goshen, was burglarized between 10 p.m. Saturday and 10:26 a.m. Sunday. The burglars took several items, including power tools, electronics and a firearm.

Suspicious person

• Goshen police were called to Buffalo Wild Wings, 1829 Reith Blvd., regarding someone following patrons into the restaurant. A “no trespass” warning was issued.

Battery reports

• Around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Goshen police were called to the scene of a fight involving several people at 912 S. 11th St. Most of those involved had fled the scene by the time police arrived.

Goshen police reported that five males said they were battered. One of them suffered a bruise on the head and a cut on the chin and was transported by ambulance to IU Health Goshen Hospital. The weapon used was a broken beer bottle. Police said no one involved would give a statement to officers.

• Kayla C. Hodges, 24, 1709 Roc Lane, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of domestic battery in front of a minor. The incident occurred Tuesday around 7:40 p.m. at 2304 Lincolnway East.

Drug/alcohol arrests

• Alejandro Gonzales, 34, Elkhart was arrested after a traffic stop by Elkhart County police shortly before 9 p.m. Friday on C.R. 29 north of C.R. 50. Gonzalez was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana and on a warrant.

OWI arrests

• James M. Conrad, 39, was arrested by Elkhart County police on several charges Friday evening. Police said that around 9:25 p.m., Conrad was found to be intoxicated outside the gates at the Concord High School football field. Conrad allegedly fled from police on his bicycle before being taken into custody. He was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, public intoxication and resisting arrest.