Teens Accused of Attacking Amish for Drug Money

By Stephanie Parkinson
By Scott Sarvay

September 18, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM EDT

ADAMS COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A fourth arrest has been made in the Monday night attacks on multiple Amish families in Adams County and charges have been filed against those four people.

According to court documents released Thursday, Monday night Michelle Rodriguez sent her 16-year-old son Brady with 18-year-old Alejandro Lopez and 19-year-old David Veliz to rob Amish families for money to get to Fort Wayne to buy cocaine.

Lopez, Veliz and Brady were all arrested Wednesday. Michelle has since been taken into custody. In total the four face 31 felony charges.

Adams County Prosecutor, Christopher Harvey says Lopez, Veliz and Brady are accused of using the car they were traveling in to block the paths of buggies. Then, while wearing gas masks, they attacked the people in the buggies using a baseball bat. One of the victims, a young woman, was hit but wasn't seriously hurt.

Harvey says there were four to five attacks within two hours Monday night. The charges these four people face include felony criminal confinement, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

This is something the county prosecutor says he just doesn't see in Adams County.

"This was very different, we haven't had this before. Especially so many so quickly, we were just happy that they did report it to us and that we could help them," said Christopher Harvey, Adams County Prosecutor.

Money was taken during one of the attacks but it is unknown how much. Harvey says more charges could be filed as the investigation continues.

Indiana’s NewsCenter spoke with the Amish Bishop, the leader, within that Amish community. He said the victims are all young women. He said the attacks have shaken his community but thankfully no one was seriously hurt.

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