Prosecutor: Four teens to face murder charges in break-in
Posted: 10/09/2012 at 10:00 am
By: Truth Staff
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Danzele Johnson 10/9/2012 (Photo Supplied)
Levi Sparks 10/9/2012 (Photo Supplied)
Anthony Sharp 10/9/2012 (Photo Supplied)
Blake Layman 10/4/2012 (Photo Supplied)
Jose Quiroz 10/5/2012 (Photo Supplied)
Elkhart County Prosector Curtis Hill addresses the media Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 with information about the attempted burglary on Frances Avenue on Oct. 3, 2012 that resulted in the shooting death of one of the home invaders. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
In a press conference, Hill identified the four suspects: Blake Layman, 16; Jose Quiroz, 16; Levi Sparks, 17; and Anthony Sharp, 18. Danzele Johnson, 21, was also one of the intruders and was shot and killed by the homeowner, Rodney Scott.
Officials believe that the five suspects conspired to burglarize the home at 1919 Frances Ave. They forced their way through the back door and they armed themselves with some of Scott’s knives.
Scott was taking a nap in an upstairs bedroom of his home when he heard noises. He took his handgun, his cell phone and ran down the stairs. When he saw the suspects, he fired five shots at the intruders, hitting two of them, said Hill
A third suspect ran out the door, a fourth suspect jumped through the window and a fifth suspect was acting as lookout, Hill said.
Layman and Quiroz were arrested within minutes of the incident.
Hill confirmed Layman was the other suspect who was shot.
Sparks was arrested Monday. Police have requested a warrant for Sharp, who lives in Goshen.
Scott will not face any charges. “He did what I think was reasonable under these circumstances,” said Hill.