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Elkhart store robberies suspects appear in court

Four people arrested for robbing a store on the south side of Elkhart appeared in court for their initial hearings.
Posted on July 4, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 4, 2013 at 1:18 p.m.

GOSHEN — Four people accused of robbing a store on the south side of Elkhart on two occasions appeared in court for their initial hearing.

The suspects appeared in Elkhart Circuit Court on Wednesday morning, July 3, where they were read formal charges.

Justin Kearney, 25, of New Paris, is charged with robbery resulting in bodily injury, a Class B felony, and conspiracy to commit robbery, a Class C felony.

Kayla Losee, 19, of Nappanee, is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, a Class C felony.

Andrew Ormanovich, 20, of Nappanee, is charged with robbery resulting in bodily injury, a Class B felony, and conspiracy to commit robbery, a Class C felony.

Kearney, Losee and Ormanovich are accused of participating in a robbery June 15 at the Neighborhood Convenience Store in Elkhart. The judge appointed attorneys from the public defender’s office for all three suspects and ordered a bond report.

Joshua Bagwell, 19, of Nappanee, was arrested and was charged a week before 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, in connection to the June 15 robbery. Bagwell appeared for his initial hearing June 27.

According to court files, the store owner said the robbery happened at about 8 p.m. He said two men entered the store and waited for other customers to leave before approaching him. One of the suspects grabbed him from behind while the other looked for money.

Bagwell turned himself in at the Nappanee Police Department on June 22. Kearney told police he and the other suspects used his car to flee after the robbery. Ormanovich told police he went into the store with Bagwell and grabbed the store owner while Bagwell looked for the money. Losee admitted to having been inside Kearney’s vehicle during the robbery. She told police she knew about the robbery even though she stayed in the car, according to court files.

Deshawn Wells, 26, of Elkhart, also appeared in court for his initial hearing Wednesday. He is charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony.

Wells was appointed an attorney from the public defender’s office.

Wells is accused of robbing Neighborhood Convenience Store on the morning of June 26. He was arrested shortly after the robbery in the 2000 block of South Sixth Street.

The owner of the store — and the victim of both robberies — said two young men entered his store on June 26 and pointed guns at him. They took money, cigarettes, his laptop and his cell phone.

Police are still looking for one other suspect involved in the June 26 robbery.

Trial dates for all four suspects presented in court Wednesday have been scheduled for Nov. 18.




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