A Valparaiso man was arrested after a theft incident at Sabre Manufacturing in Knox on April 9th.
Knox City Police responded to Sabre Manufacturing after a call came in about a suspicious vehicle. When police arrived on scene, two forklifts were parked next to the vehicle. According to police, the vehicle’s back glass window was open and wire was hanging out of the back. The employees said they blocked the vehicle in so it couldn’t leave. The employees reportedly told police that they saw a man, later identified as Michael Bundy, Jr., and Bundy reportedly said to the employees that he was intoxicated and he did something bad. He then left he area on State Road 8. After an investigation, it was learned that the wire in the vehicle was stolen from the factory. The vehicle that had the wire in it returned to a relative of Bundy Jr.’s. The employees said that Casan Bogan, Bundy, Jr.’s cousin and a janitor at Sabre, was also seen in the area where the wire was taken. Both had reportedly been drinking earlier in the evening.
Bogan was arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. Charges are pending for Michael Bundy, Jr.
When Bundy was walking away from the scene on State Road 8, he was reportedly hit by a passing vehicle. The driver, Derrick Bacewic, said he was traveling west on State Road 8 and said Bundy, Jr. had just appeared in front of him. He said Bundy, Jr. was looking at the ground and never looked up and was talking on his cell phone. Bacewic told police that he tried to swerve and miss Bundy, Jr. but was unsuccessful. Bacewic hit Bundy’s right side of his body and he was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital and later flown to South Bend Memorial Hospital due to the nature of his injuries.
Upon further investigation, Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff stated that there was not enough evidence in the police report to file any formal charges against Casan Bogan and the case was dropped. The other suspect in the case, Michael Bundy, Jr. was charged with misdemeanor Conversion.