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Elkhart man accused of robbing local business hours before robbing, kidnapping man

Tyrone Winkleman faces a total of up to 170 years in prison if convicted of all charges. 

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 5:23 p.m.

GOSHEN — A man accused of robbing, kidnapping and beating a 68-year-old man on July 24, 2013, is facing new charges in connection with a robbery that happened the same day in downtown Elkhart.

The Elkhart County Prosecutor's office filed charges of robbery and criminal confinement, as well as a habitual criminal offender enhancement, Wednesday, March 12, according to court files. 

Tyrone Winkleman, 34, of Elkhart, was arrested July 25. The trial for his previous court file was scheduled for March 17 at 8:30 a.m. Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker moved the trial date to March 25. Winkleman and his attorney told the court they will be ready to go to trial. 

According to the probable cause affidavit filed for his arrest, Winkleman took the 68-year-old man hostage outside Budget Inn, 2807 Cassopolis St. after faking a seizure. 

Winkleman took the victim's car keys and drove the victim to an ATM to get money from the victim's banking account. After picking up a woman and buying a six-pack of bottled beer, Winkleman drove back to the hotel and told the victim he was going to have sex with the woman. 

The victim escaped from the hotel and met with an officer across the street. After his arrest, Winkleman was charged with robbery, kidnapping, criminal confinement and carjacking. On Tuesday, March 11, the prosecutor's office filed a habitual criminal offender enhancement. Winkleman faced up to 130 years in prison if convicted on all counts. 

According to the probable cause affidavit filed along with the new charges, police were called the afternoon of July 24, 2013, to Studio 327, 327 N. Main St. for reports of a robbery. 

Officers spoke with an employee, who said a man went into the hair studio and asked her to trim his beard. While in the hair studio, the suspect pulled a knife and held it against the employee and told her to give him all the money in the salon. 

When the employee told the man that the manager had taken all the money from the register to the bank and that there was no money in the store, the man took money form the employee and a customer's purses.

The man ordered both the employee and the customer into a closet and pushed a dryer chair and mini refrigerator in front of the closet. 

An Indiana State Police analysis matched fingerprints taken from the refrigerator to Winkleman's. 

The victims in the robbery at the salon said the suspect looked like the photo of Winkleman, but they were not sure whether they would commit to the identification. 

With the new charges filed Wednesday, Winkleman faces a total of up to 170 years in prison. The trial date for his new court file is June 30. 


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