THE GOSHEN NEWS
GOSHEN — A Nappanee man admitted his role in an Elkhart robbery Thursday. Joshua L. Bagwell, 19, pleaded guilty in Elkhart Circuit Court to robbery resulting in bodily injury, a Class B Felony. His sentencing will be Oct. 24.
Bagwell was one of four people allegedly involved with the June 15 robbery of a convenience store on Oakland Avenue. Justin M. Kearney, 25 pleaded guilty to the crime on Sept. 5. Kearney admitted driving the car that night, but said he didn’t enter the store. His sentence to the Department of Correction is capped at 10 years with four years to be served on probation.
Bagwell and Andrew M. Ormanovich, 21, Nappanee, were accused of being in the store during the robbery. Ormanovich didn’t appear in court Thursday with requests for his case to be continued to Oct. 24. Kayla Lose, 19, Nappanee, was arrested and charged in connection with the robbery; she was allegedly in the vehicle. She is in Kosciusko County Jail with no further proceedings and no date set.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, the convenience store owner told police that two white males entered the business and remained in the store while other customers left. The store owner said they approached the counter “when one of the suspects attacked him behind the counter and put him in a headlock, taking him to the ground while the other suspect looked for money,” the affidavit reads. The owner told police the robbers threatened to kill him.
The proprietor grabbed a golf club and hit one of the robbers with it. The two males attacked him again, hitting him with their hands and then using the golf club against him.
According to the store owner, one of the assailants grabbed a box under the register containing $2,500 in cash. Both robbers then fled the store in a gray passenger car.
Police said the convenience store owner suffered neck and leg injuries and chest pain due to the attack.