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A member of the Amish community, who wished to remain anonymous, has expressed high praise and thanks to the Adams County Sheriff's and Berne Police Departments for their quick work in apprehending the suspects in the alleged recent Amish attacks in rural Berne.
"We were afraid to send our children out," the man said this week in a visit to the Daily Democrat. "It was awful to be targeted like that. Those people could have gotten jobs or help from someone. They didn't have to do that [the alleged attacks]."
The gentleman went on to say that since the suspects have been apprehended, the Amish community as a whole feels safer.
"The way they [the police] came out and investigated everything ... boy they were right on top of things. We can't thank them enough for what they did to protect our community. We're just so thankful and appreciate all the help and support we've gotten," the man said.
The alleged attacks occurred in rural Berne on September 17, and by September 19 police had four suspects in custody: David Veliz, 19, and Alejandro Lopez, 18, both of Fort Wayne, Brady Rodriguez, 17, and Michelle Rodriguez.
Rodriquez, the mother of Brady, allegedly told the three young men to go rob the Amish so she could have money for drugs and to move from her residence in Berne to Fort Wayne.