Nappanee man charged with robbery, battery

Three people have been arrested in connection to a robbery that happened on the south side of the city.
Posted on June 28, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — One of four people accused of robbing a store on the south side of Elkhart appeared in Elkhart Circuit Court Thursday, June 28, for his initial hearing.

Joshua Bagwell, 19, of Nappanee, was charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, a class B felony, and battery committed by means of a deadly weapon, a Class C felony.

He was arrested Sunday morning after he turned himself in at the Nappanee Police Department.

According to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest, on June 15 at about 8 p.m., Bagwell and another man entered the Neighborhood Convenience Store at 1712 Oakland Ave.

The owner of the store told police one of the two men grabbed him from behind and put him in a headlock while the other man looked for money. The owner said he tried to scare the men off with a golf club, but both men hit him and one took the golf club and hit the owner with it.

The suspects took about $2,000 in cash and fled in a car. The owner suffered injuries to his neck, legs and chest.

According to the affidavit, witnesses and Bagwell helped police identify the other suspects in the robbery: Justin Kearney, Andrew Ormanovich and Kayla Losee.

Police interviewed Kearney, 25, on Monday. He acknowledged it was his car the suspects used to flee from the robbery, according to the affidavit for his arrest. Kearney was booked in the Elkhart County Jail Monday.

Ormanovich, 20, was arrested Tuesday after police interviewed him. Ormanovich told police he knew about the robbery and he helped Bagwell by going into the store with him and grabbing the owner while Bagwell looked for the money, according to the affidavit for his arrest. Ormanovich also told police he was forced to participate in the robbery, according to the affidavit.

Losee, 19, was arrested Wednesday. She told police she was inside the vehicle during the robbery, but she had knowledge of it.

Kearney and Ormanovich were charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony. Their initial hearing is scheduled for July 3 at Elkhart Circuit Court. Losee had not been formally charged as of Friday afternoon.

The Neighborhood Convenience Store was the target of another robbery Wednesday morning.

The owner of the store said two young men entered and pointed guns at him. They took money, cigarettes and his laptop and cell phone.

Neighbors called police saying they saw two men running through their backyard around the time of the robbery.

One man, who has been identified as Deshawn Wells, 26, of Elkhart, was arrested on the 2000 block of South Sixth Street shortly after the robbery.

A probable cause hearing was held Friday, but formal charges have not been filed against Wells.

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