On March 4, a deputy from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department pulled over a vehicle on CR 200N for having no license plate light.
According to the police report, the vehicle was driven by Kasandra Coney, 21, of Topeka. Also in the vehicle with Coney was Cynthia Campos of Goshen and a male subject who identified himself as Ryan Hoffman. During the traffic stop the male subject, who was later identified as Zach Emerick, 19, of LaGrange, got out of the back seat of the vehicle and fled on foot. At that point, officers secured Coney and Campos. Upon further investigation, a burnt leafy substance believed to be marijuana was located in a bag inside of the vehicle.
The LaGrange Police Department K9 Unit was contacted to assist in tracking Emerick, who was tracked to a nearby house where he had broken through the front door and requested a pair of shoes and jacket from the homeowner. Tracks from that residence then led officers to another residence at the corner of CR 200N and 100W, where Emerick was located under the porch.
Emerick, Coney, and Campos were all taken into custody and transported to the LaGrange County Jail. Emerick was arrested on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Marijuana, Visiting a Common Nuisance, and Residential Entry. Coney was arrested on charges of Assisting a Criminal, False Informing, and Visiting a Common Nuisance. Campos was arrested on charges of Assisting a Criminal, False Informing, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.