Indiana Trooper Accused in Lansing Attack

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette
A former Lansing resident, and Indiana State Trooper, is accused of a violent home invasion in Lansing Sunday night. Two other men are also charged.

Elton D. Jones

LANSING - An Indiana State Trooper is among three men accused of breaking into a Lansing house and attacking a homeowner Sunday evening.
State Trooper Elton D. Jones, of Valparaiso, Indiana, is charged with armed robbery and home invasion for the October 18th break-in at a Lansing home. Damien D'Shaw West, 19, of Lansing, and Richard Edwards Simmons, 30, of Lansing, are similarly charged.

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference Lansing Police Chief Mark Alley ran down the frightening events of that night. At approximately 11pm Sunday a couple in their 60's was sleeping when they heard a loud pounding at the door of their home in the 2100 block of Cogswell Street. One of the residents went downstairs to investigate and found three men wearing dark clothing and masks had broke through the door. The masked men assaulted the male homeowner. The attackers held the couple at gunpoint while the home was ransacked. While the gunmen went through the home, the homeowner was able to escape. He fled to a neighbors home and the police were called.

Seeing the homeowner escape, the three men ran out of the home. The only thing taken was a briefcase.

Police questioned people in the neighborhood, and were able to get a description of the car. About half an hour later, patrol officers stopped a car at Grand River Ave. and Oakland Ave matching a witness's description. There police say they found evidence linking them to the break-in, and the men were taken into custody. The three were arraigned Wednesday afternoon on three felony counts: armed robbery, home invasion first degree, and felony firearm.

Indiana State police say the 28-year-old Elton Jones had only been an officer since August of 2008. Jones was fired from their force once charges were brought against him in Lansing. Jones had once lived in Lansing, but Chief Alley did not know when.

On Monday police told News 10 the briefcase contained papers. The significance of those papers, if any, is unknown, and police would not comment during Tuesday's press conference, citing that information is part of the investigation.

The three men are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on October 30th.

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  • by Nerva Location: Lansing on Oct 24, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    All you people need to shut the hell up.
  • by Facts on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:41 PM
    I think it is insane how people judge off of what the press has released. I understand the facts given by the LPD, they are also so quick to put the wrong fully accused behind bars. People close to me are having a hard time dealing with all this, since the press and the media released photos its been kaos. I believe they are innocent until proven guilty and I know for a fact the real suspects are still at large in the community.
  • by dee dee Location: MI on Oct 21, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    HEY On the bright side..THERE is a Job Opening in INDIANA...!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 at 06:03 PM
  • by movingoutof Location: lansing on Oct 21, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    What the heck cris you sound like you tolerate this type of activity and that the cops must have made a case against these guys. If we let these actions go unpunished we are sending a bad message. I hope my jury duty week pops up for this one.
  • by localwatch Scott Location: Lansing on Oct 21, 2009 at 03:35 PM
    OK cris lets be fair to the accused and stick to facts LPD released. Fact 1- He is a cop Fact 2- His agency fired him. Fact 3-He is accused of a violent home invasion in Lansing Sunday night. Fact 4-An arrest was made and a judge/magistrate concluded there was cause to hold. We have a judicial system with checks and balances, let the chips fall where they may....We need to quit worrying about knowing anything about those accused and spend time focusing on what these people did! My condolences to the victims if these guys did it lock them up forever.
  • by reply??? on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:54 AM
    Reply to ??? there probably was a bible in the briefcase, that is how wonderful this couple is. These dirty bags did steal one thing their security of being comfortable in there own home!!!
  • by cris Location: lansing on Oct 20, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    It's so funny how people are quick to judge and assume. Why post comments when you know nothing about these people???
  • by hmmm Location: Lansing on Oct 20, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    Nice job LPD... too bad you have to clean up other departments dirty cops.
  • by ??? Location: ??? on Oct 20, 2009 at 04:17 PM
    Weird that Simmons is on parole right now..who wouldve guessed. Too bad the victims didnt fight back with gun fire...that is the only thing that would have prevented these fools from striking again...and would have made this world a better place...although i bet lsj will tell us how these 3 were going to turn their lives around into wonderful rap careers..they were just looking for a bible in the briefcase they stole...good job LPD for finding these guys. Hopefully they get more than rehab as punishment.
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