By First Sergeant Chad D. Hill
Public Information Office
Kosciusko County officers have arrested three individuals that stemmed from an armed robbery that occurred last weekend.
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were originally notified on Sunday, Feb. 5, of an armed robbery that had occurred at a residence in the 9000 block of Lilac Lane, Cromwell. According to the victim’s statement, a transaction for the sale of a handgun had been established with Tyler Ray Martin, 18, Albion. After arrival, Martin allegedly brandished a handgun from his waistband, and proceeded to rob the victim at gunpoint.
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Detectives were able to locate Martin at his workplace in Noble County on Thursday morning and arrest him on a preliminary felony charge of robbery with a deadly weapon. He was transported to the Kosciusko County Jail and is being held on a $20,250 bond.
During the course of the investigation, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Detectives were able to ascertain that the initially stolen handgun was taken to a residence at #135 EMS B61B lane, Warsaw, in the Barbee Lake area of Kosciusko County. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the location, and with the assistance of the Kosciusko County S.W.A.T. Team, executed entry into the dwelling at approximately 4 p.m. Once inside, officers located three individuals, along with drugs, the stolen Glock 17 handgun, as well as six other firearms.
Sheriff deputies arrested Corey Joseph Matthews, 19, on the preliminary charge of felony dealing a schedule IV controlled substance, theft, possession of a controlled substance and dealing marijuana. Deputies also arrested Hanna Jade Angel, 18, North Webster, on a preliminary charge of visiting a common nuisance. A third 17-year-old juvenile was also located in the residence and released to the custody of her parents. Angel’s bond has been set at $400, while Matthews’ bond was set at $26,500.
The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office advises that the defendant’s charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.