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3 charged in attack on mother at park

Jamie DuffyMay 23, 2019

Three teenagers were formally charged Wednesday with attacking a woman as she sat at a picnic table with her young children at a Harlan park last week.

Bronson A.D. Filler, 18, of the 2600 block of Dexter Drive; Davonte Alexander, 17, of the 2800 block of Fox Avenue; and Cody Scheeringa, 17, of Pierceton were each charged as adults with one count of robbery resulting in bodily injury.

The woman called police about 2 p.m. May 16 to say she was bleeding from an attack and described three men involved in the assault. 

An Allen County sheriff’s deputy arrived at the park and saw three men matching her descriptions walking south on Stopher Road near Applegate Drive, according to court documents.

When the men saw the police car, they ran into a nearby field to hide. But when another officer arrived with a police dog, the three came out of the field and were arrested, court documents said 

While they were being separated, Scheeringa excitedly said they “shouldn’t have done that (expletive),” court documents said. 

The woman identified Filler as the one who struck her in the face and head multiple times causing her face to swell up and bleed. 

The woman said her two children, ages 2 and 5, were with her and she could hear both of them crying and screaming as she was attacked, court documents said. 

Filler told police his initial plan was to distract the woman while the two others took the victim’s keys out of her purse. He said he asked the woman for food and water and then became upset and hit the woman, court documents said. 

The three of them got into the victim’s vehicle and tried to drive away but were unable to get the vehicle started because it was a “push-start.”

Scheeringa and Alexander were taken to the Allen County Juvenile Center and, during the ride, spoke openly about what happened. One of them stated that “it was Filler’s idea.” Scheeringa said he didn’t touch the victim, court documents said. 

“All I did was take her purse. All I should be charged with is theft,” Scheeringa said. 

Alexander said “he felt bad for the lady, that it happened in front of her kids and that he could not believe how hard Filler was hitting her.”

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