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Elkhart man charged in December home invasion, robbery

The suspect goes by the name "Willie Folkz," according to one witness.

Posted on Jan. 30, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

ELKHART — An Elkhart man is facing two felony charges in connection with a December 2013 home invasion and robbery.

Willie B. Jenkins, 21, of Elkhart, appeared in Elkhart Circuit Court on Thursday, Jan. 30, for an initial hearing on charges of burglary and robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.

Jenkins entered a preliminary plea of not guilty and was appointed an attorney from the Elkhart County Public Defender's office.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Elkhart Superior Court 1, Jenkins and another man forced their way into the apartment of a 60-year-old Elkhart man in the 900 block of Bontrager Avenue on Dec. 6, 2013.

As they entered the house, the second suspect struck the man in the head with a vodka bottle while Jenkins brandished a silver handgun with a wooden handle and told the resident and the man's two friends, who had been visiting him, to remain in the living room, according to the affidavit.

Jenkins and his accomplice proceeded to search the apartment and repeatedly struck the resident in the head with the handgun while demanding he tell them where he kept belongings such as money, jewelry and prescription medication.

The two men allowed the resident's visitors to leave the apartment, then left a short time later taking a wallet, money, jewelry, a cell phone and prescription drugs, according to the affidavit.

One of the visitors at the apartment told police she recognized the two men as "Willie Folkz" and "Sleepy," men whom she had known for several months. She, the resident of the apartment and the other visitor all identified Jenkins as one of the men in a photo lineup.

Jenkins was arrested on Jan. 20 in the 1000 block of Portage Lane. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 20. The other suspect, while identified in court documents, has not been arrested in connection with the home invasion.

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