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LaGrange man arrested for making threats at Topeka business


A LaGrange man was arrested after police say he made threats to a person in the parking lot of a Topeka business.

Indiana State Police say it started around 2:10 Wednesday afternoon when the LaGrange County Sheriff's Department received a call about a man threatened another man in a Topeka business's parking lot. The caller told police the suspect indicated he had a handgun and damaged a vehicle before leaving.

The Sheriff's Department, along with Indiana State Police and officers from Topeka, Ligonier, Shipshewana, Rome City and Noble County all responded to the call. The business was placed on lock down during the search.

Police say the suspect, 28-year-old Joas Eicher of LaGrange, was found and arrested around 3:00 p.m. in downtown Topeka. Police say he was not armed with a handgun.

Eicher is being held at the LaGrange County Jail on preliminary charges of Attempted Aggravated Battery, Intimidation and Criminal Mischief. He's expected to appear in a LaGrange County court on Thursday.

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