The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:37 am

Real estate company owner tied up, robbed at gunpoint

Chris Meyers | The Journal Gazette

The owner of a Fort Wayne home office that specializes in real estate was tied up Thursday afternoon while his business was robbed.

City police were called about noon to Three Rivers Realty at 2701 E. State Blvd. on a report of the armed robbery.

The owner of the business told police he was in the office area of the home when the two suspects entered and ordered him at gunpoint to remain in the office while they bound his hands with an electrical cord, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department.

A thief rummaged through the rest of the house while the other took money from the victim, police said.

One thief was described as a black male wearing a white, button-down shirt with gray or khaki pants, stocky, about 200 pounds and was about 6 feet tall. He had short, wavy hair and appeared to be in his 30s, police said.

The other thief was also a black male, likely in his 20s, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt with shorts, about 5-10 and 180 to 190 pounds.

Ex-coach accused of sex with player

A former assistant soccer coach at an area middle school was accused of having a sexual relationship with a player.

Jonathan D. Crosson, 20, of Larwill, faces two felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor in connection with the case.

Police and the Department of Child Services interviewed the 14-year-old girl, who said she and Crosson had sex three times between January and July, according to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Crosson was a volunteer assistant soccer coach at Whitko Middle School but was not employed by the school corporation.

The relationship began when the two started going to church together, the report said.

He was held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

2 robbed while on walk in Syracuse

Two people were robbed and one of them was also beaten as they walked Wednesday night through Syracuse.

Police were called about 10 p.m. to the 1400 block of South Harkless Drive on a report of a fight but later learned it was a robbery, according to the Syracuse Police Department.

A man and woman were walking along South Harkless Drive when two men approached them from behind and knocked the man to the ground, police said.

One man pulled out a knife and demanded to have what was in the victim’s wallet before the two fled to a nearby parking lot where a light-colored four-door car was waiting, according to the police department.

The male victim suffered cuts to his face from being hit.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Syracuse police at 574-457-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-342-7867.

Help sought in Ohio thefts

Ongoing road sign thefts and mailbox vandalism has the Williams County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office seeking help in catching the suspects.

Brady, Jefferson, Millcreek and Pulaski townships have all been affected, according to the sheriff’s office.

A minimum reward of $250 is being offered for help solving the crimes.

Tips can be phoned into the sheriff’s office at 419-636-3151 or the Crime Stoppers line at 419-485-9302.

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