Pictured is the vehicle involved in the traffic stop that lead to Mack Samuel Stokes' arrest. Photo provided
Pictured is the vehicle involved in the traffic stop that lead to Mack Samuel Stokes' arrest. Photo provided
LEESBURG – Kosciusko County officers apprehended a burglary suspect Wednesday morning north of Leesburg within 12 minutes of the crime.
According to a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department press release, KCSD deputies were advised of a burglary in progress Wednesday at approximately 10:18 a.m., along with a suspect that was fleeing the residence at 6008 N. Ind. 15, Leesburg.
As officers from several departments began to converge on the area, Deputy Jim Smith located a vehicle matching the 911 description, traveling northbound from Leesburg on Ind. 15.
Smith initiated a traffic stop with the green colored Mercury Sable and took the suspect, Mack Samuel Stokes, 43, Warsaw, into custody without incident.
KCSD deputies and detectives determined during the initial investigation that the owner of the residence had originally been startled by a sound in the rear of her house.
The female homeowner confronted Stokes inside the residence and discovered he had broken out a window to gain entry.
She immediately retrieved her son, who also confronted Stokes as he was walking back to the house from his vehicle, wielding a claw hammer. The victim’s son had obtained his personal .45 caliber handgun, at which point Stokes returned to his vehicle and began to flee.
Stokes purportedly attempted to run over the male victim in the driveway, at which point he then discharged his firearm into the Mercury Sable.
Stokes was arrested and preliminarily charged with felony burglary of a dwelling. It was later determined that Stokes did not have permission from the actual owner to be in possession of the vehicle used in the burglary.
He is currently being held on a $6,000 bond and may face additional charges, according to the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office.
KCSD was assisted in the investigation by the Milford Police Department and the prosecutor’s office.