Two arrested in Elkhart robbery

Police are still looking for two others in connection with a robbery that happened June 15.
Posted on June 25, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 25, 2013 at 6:02 p.m.

ELKHART — Police have arrested two people and are looking for two others suspected of robbing a small store on the southwest side of Elkhart.

Joshua Bagwell, 19, of Nappanee was arrested on a preliminary charge of robbery Sunday morning, June 23. Justin Kearney, 25, of New Paris was arrested on a preliminary charge of robbery Monday afternoon, June 24.

According to the probable cause affidavit for Bagwell’s arrest, the robbery happened around 8 p.m. at the Neighborhood Convenience Store at 1712 Oakland Ave.

The owner of the store told police he was working at the time when two men entered the store and remained there while other customers left.

One of the suspects grabbed the owner from behind and put him in a headlock, pushing him to the ground while the other man looked for money. The store owner tried to scare the men out of the store with a golf club, but both men started hitting him and one of the suspects took the golf club and hit the owner with it.

The owner of the store suffered injuries to his neck, legs and chest.

After taking about $2,000 in cash the suspects fled in a car. Surveillance video from the store showed the suspects and a third suspect as a driver of the vehicle waiting outside the store.

According to the affidavit, a few people who saw published photos of the suspects called the police department to give information and to help identify the suspects.

On Saturday, June 22, Bagwell went to the Nappanee Police Department to turn himself in. After being transferred to the Elkhart Police Department and waiving his Miranda rights, Bagwell provided information that was consistent with the robbery investigation, according to the affidavit. He was arrested the next day.

Police are still looking for Andrew Ormanovich and Kala Losee, who are believed to be connected to the robbery.

Anyone with information should contact Det. Scott Hauser at 295-7076, ext. 300, or the Elkhart Police tip line at 389-4777.

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