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Police investigating Elkhart armed robbery

An armed robbery takes place at the Neighborhood Convenience Store on Oakland Ave.

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 26, 2013 at 12:56 p.m.

ELKHART — Elkhart police arrested a man shortly after a robbery took place at a store in the south side of the city.

Capt. Kris Seymore of the Elkhart Police Department said Wednesday, June 26, that police arrested a man who was attempting to flee on the 2000 block of Sixth Street shortly after 11 a.m.

Police initially responded to the Neighborhood Convenience Store, located at 1712 Oakland Ave., to reports of an armed robbery.

Seymore said witnesses told police two men were involved in the crime. Neighbors called police shortly after the robbery claiming to have seen two men run through their backyard.

The man in custody has not been confirmed to have any connection to the robbery.

The owner of the store said he was working when two young men walked in and pointed handguns at him asking for him to open the cash register. He said they took money, cigarette packets, and the owner’s cell phone and laptop. He wasn’t injured during the robbery.

The owner said a person walked into the store during the robbery, but ran away as soon as one of the suspects pointed a gun at them. He said after they took all the items they could, the two men ran from the store.

The Neighborhood Convenience store was also the scene of a robbery on Saturday, June 15. The owner was also working that day when two men entered and assaulted him before taking about $2,000 in cash, according to court files.

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

Two men were arrested in connection to the June 15 robbery early this week. Joshua Bagwell, 19, of Nappanee was booked Sunday morning and Justin Kearney, 25, of New Paris, was booked Monday afternoon.

Andrew Ormanovich, 20, of Nappanee, was arrested and booked at the jail Tuesday evening, according to the Elkhart County Jail’s booking report.

Lt. Mike Sigsbee of the Elkhart Police Department stated in a press release Wednesday morning that a fourth person was located in connection to the June 15 robbery.

Bagwell has been 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. His initial hearing has been scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the Elkhart Circuit Court.

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