ELKHART — An iPhone’s tracking system helped police locate and arrest four men involved in an armed robbery last year. On Thursday, April 25, two of the men received their sentence at the Elkhart Superior Court 2.
Jayzahn Creel II, 20, who pleaded guilty on Feb. 25 to burglary, two counts of armed robbery and criminal confinement, was sentenced to 35 years in prison and 17 years on reporting probation.
Earl Hogan Jr., 20, also pleaded guilty to burglary, two counts of armed robbery and criminal confinement on March 4, and was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 22 years on reporting probation.
The two men were a part of a group of four who entered a residence on the 300 block of West Jackson Boulevard and robbed the home on July 25, 2012.
According to a press release from the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office, the burglars held one of two occupants hostage, threatening to shoot and actually dry-shooting a gun while they had it pressed against the hostage’s head.
Two children were also at the residence during the robbery. The burglars also threatened to shoot one of the children if the victims didn’t cooperate.
According to court files, the Elkhart Police Department was able to track down one of the victim’s iPhone via GPS within 30 minutes after the robbery to Clarence Parker, who was later arrested for his involvement in the robbery.
In searching the residence where they found some of the suspects, police found a handgun and several items that were allegedly stolen.
During Creel’s and Hogan’s sentencing hearing, the two victims testified about the effects the robbery has had on them and the children in the house.
Parker, who was also charged with burglary, two counts of robbery and criminal confinement, pleaded guilty to burglary on Jan. 31. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 3.