Two men arrested in connection with home invasion, dog shooting death in Cass County

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Two men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion/armed robbery that happened at a home on Tuesday, March 3.

Sheriff Richard J. Behnke reports that his office was called to investigate an armed robbery / home invasion that occurred in the 63000 block of Day Lake Road in Calvin Township.

Deputies were dispatched after a call to dispatch indicated that 3 or 4 male individuals entered into the hom demanding money.

The victim, a 24 year old woman, told the men she did not have any money, but the suspects forced their way into a back bedroom.

When the suspects opened the bedroom door, a dog came at them. They shot the dog which died of the injuries.

The suspects then left the home and took off in a silver Toyota Prius with an undetermined amount of money.

While investigating this incident a report was called in to police about a suspicious situation at a location on Brownsville Road.

Two vehicles were observed parked at a secluded location on the property and subjects were getting out of a silver Prius and into a red Toyota Camry. That property owner made contact with the subjects in these cars, which then fled the area prior to police arriving on scene.

Deputies were able to identify one possible suspect for the home invasion based on information gathered from this incident. Deputies put out an alert to attempt to locate the red Toyota Camry which was later found parked at the Cassopolis Library.

Two subjects were located at the time of the recovery of the Toyota Camry and arrested based on information received during the investigation.

Oliver Bwalya, 21, from Elkhart, and Jeramian Makanjuola, 19, of Columbus, Ohio, were arrested and face 13 charges, including home invasion, armed robbery, killing / torturing an animal, larceny from a building, assault with a dangerous weapon, and felony firearms.

Bond was set at $80,000.00

This investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

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