Elkhart man charged with armed robbery of 16-year-old

Miguel Muro-Medina

MILLERSBURG — An Elkhart man is accused of robbing a juvenile at gunpoint, ripping off his necklace and hitting him with the gun several times.

Miguel Muro-Medina, 21, is charged with one count of armed robbery, a Level 3 felony, for his alleged involvement in the incident Wednesday. The charge carries a penalty of up to 16 years in prison if convicted.

He was booked in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bond, with his initial hearing set for June 20.

According to court documents:

Officers with the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office responded to a robbery report at a residence on C.R. 42 in Millersburg. The victim, who is 16 years old, said he had arranged to be picked up by a friend of his when a black Buick Rendezvous arrived about 5:40 p.m. with multiple people inside.

After he got in, one of the occupants threatened him with a handgun, pushing his head against the window and holding the gun to his neck. The person demanded that he hand over his phone and money, so the victim placed those on the floorboard.

He said his necklace was then ripped off and he was struck with the handgun multiple times. Two other occupants in the vehicle held him down when he tried to leave.

After he finally did get out of the vehicle, he told the homeowner at the residence what just happened. The man got in his vehicle and drove around to look for the black Buick.

He found the vehicle at a gas station, took a photo of the license plate and gave the information to officers. Police later located the same vehicle in Goshen, with several individuals nearby who matched descriptions given by the victim.

Police questioned the men and searched the vehicle, which had the victim's phone in it. Officers determined Muro-Medina was the one who committed the robbery based in part on where he was said to be seated in the vehicle, which matched the victim's description of the incident. 

He admitted to being in the vehicle but denied being involved in the robbery or having the gun. 

While he was in the jail, officers made note of several things Muro-Medina said in a phone call which may have implicated him in the crime. They included a remark that "if I had the balls to do what I did, I have to have the balls to do the time," according to their translation of the Spanish-language conversation.

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