Man charged with robbing woman of inheritance money

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ELKHART — An Elkhart man is accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint and taking some of her inheritance money in December.

Joseph Humble, 26, was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery, a Level 3 felony. He was booked in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility on $150,000 bond.

His initial court hearing was set for Feb. 21.

According to court documents:

An Elkhart Police detective spoke with a woman at a hotel on Plaza Court Dec. 29. She said Humble came into the room asking to borrow $20, then got upset about something, pointed a semi-automatic handgun at her and stole her wallet, which contained $5,000.

The victim later said she made the report on behalf of her mother, who was also in the hotel room during the robbery and who owned the money. Her mother had warrants out for her arrest at the time and didn’t want to speak to police.

The woman’s mother told police that she recently inherited more than $30,000 from a death in the family. She said Humble gave her a ride into town on Dec. 28 so she could buy a vehicle, then he got upset when he came over to her hotel room.

The mother said she turned her back to Humble at one point and when she turned around again, he grabbed her wallet and pointed a gun at her daughter. She said he demanded the rest of the money, then took it and left.

The woman provided police with copies of documents showing the amount of money she had inherited. It was something she mentioned while visiting her boyfriend in jail about a week before the robbery, and she had showed him a large amount of cash.

The detective reviewed the visitation and learned that the woman’s boyfriend bragged to other inmates about the money and mentioned where she was staying. The boyfriend said he suspected that another inmate put Humble up to the robbery.

Police interviewed Humble Monday. He said he knew the mother who was robbed but denied robbing her.


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