Marty Robbins, 46, and his wife, Dawn Robbins, 40, who are known to live around the Silver Lake area, were arrested by Whitley County officials early Tuesday night. The two have been connected with an incident south of Syracuse around 3:39 p.m. that day.
First Sgt. Chad Hill, public information officer with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, reported events began at 9485 N. SR 13, Syracuse. The homeowners had observed a Suburban go past their residence and down a lane into the woods. They had left their home for approximately one hour and when they returned, they saw a female exiting their home and Marty Robbins attempting to start a truck.
Robbins, at gunpoint, took the vehicle the couple had just been driving. He unhooked a trailer and the couple took off into the woods, toward where the Suburban was observed going earlier. It is believed he attempted to start the Suburban, but it became stuck on a stump and overheated, which caused the fire. The couple then left the area through another lane in the woods, heading north.
Through the investigation, it was learned the couple went to the residence of an elderly couple residing on US 6 in attempt of a home invasion and another auto theft. However, the female shut the door on them and the Robbins left the scene in the Ford F150, heading into Noble County.
In Noble County the couple, again at gunpoint, took a 2007 Subaru Forrester and went into Whitley county, where a vehicle pursuit began and ended when Robbins attempted to reportedly jump a ditch with the vehicle, failing to complete the jump.
The pair were arrested and booked in the Noble County Jail on charges relating to taking the Subaru at gunpoint. Additional charges may be pending in Kosciusko and Elkhart counties.
Hill stated Kosciusko County officials had been assisting the U.S. Marshal Service for the past week in locating Robbins after he removed an ankle transmitter for being on parole.