A Plymouth man faces a pair of felony offenses in Starke County following the recent robbery and beating of an elderly Knox man. An officer from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office was called to the IU Health Starke Hospital emergency room Wednesday, Oct. 7 after Sisco Wireman was brought in after an apparent assault. The people who drove him to the hospital said a fight had taken place at a home in the 100 block of East 500 South.
Detectives from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office went to the residence and saw enough evidence in the driveway to apply for a search warrant, according to the incident report. Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technicians helped them collect evidence after the warrant was issued.
On Oct. 8 the detectives got a lead on a suspect reported to be staying at the Red Rock Inn in Plymouth and went there with local police to question him. He reportedly agreed to a search of his room, which turned up evidence officers say is connected to Wireman’s beating.
Jason Cooke, 36, of Plymouth, is charged with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. It’s a level 2 felony punishable by anywhere from 10 to 30 years in prison. Cooke is also facing a charge of aggravated battery resulting in serious bodily injury, which carries a possible prison term of between three and 16 years in prison. He’s jailed on $100,000 surety or $75,000 cash bond in Starke County.