November 15, 2009

Revisiting the Ossian Rampage

I wondered here before just what the police in Berne were thinking when they gave  Toby Schwartz home detention... now it turns out he was headed to jail and escaped, in handcuffs, from the police department.  He was a fugitive at the time he broke into that home over on Road One by Yoder and raped a woman.  The Berne police aren't talking about how Mr. Schwartz escaped them eight days before he wreaked havoc through the Ossian area.

Berne police officer Jason Oswalt took Schwartz back to the police department in handcuffs and then left him alone, court documents said.

The documents don't say how long he was unattended, but police believe Schwartz slipped his cuffed hands to the front of his body and ran out the door.

Surveillance camera footage shows him running, still handcuffed, away from the police department, across Indiana 218 and between two houses.

Berne police declined repeated requests from The Journal Gazette to explain how Schwartz was able to escape or why Oswalt left him unattended...

All told, his pending charges in three counties are rape, criminal confinement, battery, forgery, strangulation, receiving stolen auto parts, residential entry, resisting law enforcement, possession of precursors with intent to manufacture meth, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of dealing meth, two counts of possession of meth, two counts of criminal deviate conduct, two counts of auto theft, two counts of escape, two counts of burglary and three counts of robbery.

I doubt Mr. Schwartz will be left unattended again for the next 10-20 years.

1 comment:

mt02 said...

Jason Oswalt should have never been allowed to become an officer of the law. This just goes to show how terrible the Berne Police department is, full of corruption.