Following a recent spree of crime, one Goshen man took matters into his own hands. Now, police have arrested a second person accused of burglarizing the man's home.
Michael Morse was about to become the city's latest victim of a burglary. That was, until he pulled out a legally owned handgun on two thieves trying to break into his home around 9:30 p.m. Sunday night.
On Saturday, criminals stole more than $3,000 in auto parts and power tools from a home he's renovating along Olive Street.
On Sunday, he went to count his losses for the police report. After walking inside, he heard a noise in the backyard and then came face-to-face with the two men trying to break in.
"I drew my gun out and just pointed it at them to keep them from coming towards me and I told them to freeze,” Morse recalled.
A 14-year-old was taken into custody after Morse caught him. He's been taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.
44-year-old Robert L. Caldwell of Goshen was arrested later and admitted to burglarizing the home with the juvenile and admitted to having previously burglarized the home.
Police recovered more than $4,000 in stolen items belonging to Morse from Caldwell.
Morse's run-in marks the fifth serious crime Goshen Police have handled in the last eight days alone.
Just after 1 a.m. Saturday, four men beat and robbed a man inside the Brookside Manor Mobile Home Park.
Later that day, officers found Adel Gutierrez, 25, shot inside his family's Mexican bakery along S. Main Street in downtown.
Paramedics took Adel Gutierrez to IU Health Goshen Hospital where he underwent surgery and is now recovering. Gutierrez, who has a criminal track record himself, says he was too drunk to remember who shot him Saturday.
Last week, investigators arrested Chad Weddle, 18, in connection with 22 home break-ins across Elkhart County.
Weddle's arrest came only days after someone beat and stabbed Goshen College professor James Miller to death inside his home.
Miller's killer is still on the loose as Goshen’s small town atmosphere starts to fill with big city crime.
"I was fed up before and yeah it's getting worse and I’m just not one of those people that is going to let it happen if I can help it,” Morse concluded.
Each of the four men arrested Saturday in connection with the mobile home park robbery have a lengthy rap sheet.
Robert Haas, 22, of Elkhart, arrested for robbery with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, has 30 criminal charges in the last five years.
Mikell Gary, 22, of Elkhart, arrested for an outstanding warrant, has 19 charges for a variety of crimes like armed robbery.
Matthew Donnelly, 24 of Mishawaka and Marcus Gates, 25 of Elkhart have more than 15 prior charges combined.