Ringleader admits to string of home invasions

Published 11:48 am Tuesday, April 20, 2004

By Staff
CASSOPOLIS -- The ring-leader of five robbers who assaulted, duct-taped, robbed and terrorized the elderly in Michiana has pleaded guilty as charged to all 28 charges pending against him in Cass County Circuit Court.
Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz announced this morning that Jonathan Haynes, a part-time Niles resident, pleaded guilty with the understanding his sentence would be 25-30 years in prison for the commission of these offenses.
The Cass County robberies, home invasions and weapons offenses took place in Milton and Howard townships.
The gang chose to strike in various Cass, Berrien and St. Joseph County, Ind., locations in the late spring and early summer of 2003.
Mostly elderly couples were attacked and robbed.
Much of the Michiana area suffered under their reign of terror last year.
Fitz stated, "An attack on the elderly is intolerable. A severe price must be paid. My office will not accept this violent behavior against anyone, particularly our seniors.
The charges against Haynes were under habitual offender third and included counts of possession of a weapon by a felon and felony firearm.