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Two in jail for Amish attacks

September 20, 2012

Alejandro Lopez

    Alejandro Lopez, 18, and David Veliz, 19, both of Fort Wayne, were arrested and an unnamed juvenile have been detained by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department for their involvement with alleged crimes committed against members of the Amish community in Adams County last Monday, according to Adams County Prosecutor Chris Harvey.
    The prosecutor said both men have been preliminarily detained pending charges of armed robbery and criminal confinement.
    Formal charges are against both men and more information will be provided as soon as it's made available, he added.
    Lopez and Veliz are being held in the jail here without bond.
    Sheriff Shane Rekeweg said on Wednesday that police were notified Monday afternoon that two men wearing ski masks stopped an Amish buggy and threatened the occupants of the buggy with baseball bats.
    Rekeweg said that "at least four separate incidents" have occurred and that to his knowledge, none of the Amish involved in the incidents were injured to the extent they needed to be taken to the hospital.
    Rekeweg said anyone with information about the alleged crimes are asked to call the sheriff's Department (724-5345) or Crime Stoppers (692-2882)."
    The attacks that occurred happened in the rural Berne area and the alleged assailants were seen in a light gray or light green station wagon similar to a Chevy HHR or PT Cruiser. The vehicle reportedly has damage to the driver's side door and passenger's right rear quarter side.

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