SYRACUSE — Shawn Arnold, 24, Wawaka, was apprehended at approximately 12:53 p.m. in the attic of the home of Layton Pergrem, 12783 CR 52, Syracuse. He will be incarcerated at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility on charges of burglary, resisting law enforcement and possession of stolen property. He is also being held on a Noble County warrant for domestic battery and strangulation.
Events began at approximately 4:31 a.m. when Elkhart County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm at the Pergrem’s residence. After searching the home and finding a suspect hiding in the attic, the suspect refused officers’ orders to exit the attic. After the suspect claimed he had a firearm and was going to shoot officers, the home was secured and assistance was requested from the sheriff’s department’s emergency services unit as well as services from several other police agencies.
Arnold was apprehended by a police K9 unit from the Indiana State Police. Arnold was bitten by the police K9 and was treated for injuries to his left arm.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department appreciates the agencies who responded and assisted with this apprehension and investigation. Agencies included Indiana State Police; Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department; Walkerton, Syracuse, Goshen, Elkhart City and Nappanee police departments; and the Elkhart County Emergency Management.