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Two teens arrested in Elkhart burglary lived on Frances Avenue

One person died and two were arrested in a Oct. 3, 2012, shooting on Frances Avenue in Elkhart.
Posted on Oct. 5, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Two teenagers who lived on Frances Avenue — one a front door neighbor — are facing preliminary charges of murder, possibly in connection with a burglary at 1919 Frances Ave. on Wednesday.

Police arrested Blake Layman, 16, of 1611 Frances Ave., and Jose Quiroz, 16, of 1922 Frances Ave., on Wednesday, according to a booking report from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Layman’s mother, Angie Johnson, Layman was shot in the leg and taken to the Elkhart General Hospital, where he was treated and released to police. He was arrested at the Elkhart Police Department.

According to the inmate search website for the Elkhart County Jail, Quiroz was arrested at 1919 Frances Ave.

While the two suspects were arrested for murder, formal charges are pending, said Ed Windbigler, chief investigator for the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s office. “We have to look at the whole case,” he said.

Police have not turned over anything to the prosecutor’s office. After they do, officials will make a decision on what charges — if any — to file.

Officials have until this afternoon to have a probable cause hearing. They would have three business days after that to file formal charges, according to Windbigler.

The Elkhart Truth and law enforcement officials do not usually name juveniles who are arrested, but someone facing a murder charge is named because the person would be charged as an adult.

Police responded to 1919 Frances Ave. around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in response to a burglary. The homeowner told dispatch that some people had forced their way into the residence and shots were fired, according to a press release from the Elkhart Police Department.

Two people who were not residents of 1919 Frances were shot.

Danzele Johnson, 21, of Goshen, was shot and killed inside the residence.

According to the press release, a male juvenile was also shot and taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was treated and released. He was later arrested at the Elkhart Police Department. It was not clear whether it was Layman or Quiroz who was wounded.


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