WARSAW — Two of three subjects involved in a battery have been arrested and a warrant issued for the third’s arrest after three 20-year-olds jumped a teen. The teen was subsequently arrested for burglary.
Joshua Michael Tucco, 20, Cromwel is being charged with robbery causing bodily injury, a level 3 felony; battery causing moderate bodily injury, a level 6 felony; and theft, a class A misdemeanor.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Brandon Ditton, 20, Warsaw, in this case.
On July 2 an officer with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department responded to a fight in progress near Enchanted Hills. According to the affidavit of probable cause, a witness advised that he was in his driveway when he heard yelling and observed three male subjects striking Jakob Kneller, 18, Cromwell.
The officer spoke with Kneller who advised he had been riding his dirt bike to the Enchanted Hills pool when the three subjects knocked him off the bike and started hitting him. He advised he felt like he had received a concussion and had a laceration to his right elbow and above his left ear. His eye was swollen shut from the battery.
The subjects stole Kneller’s backpack which contained a black iPhone 6, clothing, a gold and white iPhone 7 and a black iPad.
The affidavit continues that the officers went to a residence and found all three subjects sitting on the rear patio. The three all stated that Kneller had been at a residence the day prior and they believed he had stolen a wallet, sunglasses, a Verizon speaker and a Coleman cooler. They advised that they found that Kneller was going to be in Enchanted Hills so they went and waited for him.
The three males advised that Ditton knocked Kneller off of his dirt bike and struck Kneller three times.
The dirt bike Kneller had been riding had previously been reported as stolen. Kneller advised he had traded a gold watch and a Beats Pill speaker for the dirt bike. According to the affidavit, Kneller also admitted to entering a home without permission and stealing Ray-Ban sunglasses and a cooler.
Kneller is being charged with burglary, a level 4 felony; theft, a class A misdemeanor; and auto theft, a level 6 felony.