July 3, 2014 11:16 am -

According to authorities, three young men and a 17-year-old have been arrested in a string of attacks and burglaries against the Amish 30 miles east of Cleveland after bragging about their misdeeds.  All four suspects were found sleeping in a car; three of them appear to be homeless. The fourth suspect is a teenager so his name has not been released.

The attacks on the Amish include being attacked by masked men with baseball bats.


I’m not sure why this isn’t categorized as a hate crime:

The four were involved in a series of break-ins targeting mostly Amish-owned businesses beginning in May, said Chief Deputy Scott Hildenbrand of the Geauga County sheriff’s office, according to CBS affiliate WOIO.

But they came away with just change in the break-ins because the cash registers were empty, so they decided to rob Amish residents in the county east of Cleveland, Hildenbrand said.

Just over a week ago, a group of masked men chased an Amish man and his girlfriend riding in a buggy before they were able to get away. That same night, two Amish men in a buggy said they were attacked by masked men swinging baseball bats.

The four suspects were arrested at a park where they had been sleeping in a car, Hildenbrand said. “We got a tip that they were bragging about the burglaries and bragging about beating up on the Amish,” he said.

The three adult suspects have been identified as Christopher Barnett, 18, Chase Kontur, 19, and Gerald Wise, 18, and the fourth suspect is 17 years old, reports CBS affiliate WOIO.

Three of the accused were believed to be homeless.

Authorities also suspect they were involved in a robbery attempt in neighboring Trumbull County, Hildenbrand said.

Image: Crimesider


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  1. R.J. Carter July 3rd, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Where’s that Amish Mafia I heard about? I imagine they would be getting involved in this.

    • Anomaly 100 July 3rd, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Amish gangstas!

      • Billy Jackson July 3rd, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        I wonder if they have low rider carriages?

        • Anomaly 100 July 3rd, 2014 at 12:49 pm


        • R.J. Carter July 3rd, 2014 at 3:23 pm

          All my friends know the low rider.
          (replace horn with banjo)

          • Billy Jackson July 3rd, 2014 at 3:47 pm

            Is there an Amish flute or something? Mouth Harp??

    • Billy Jackson July 3rd, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Don’t be surprised if we’re reading about a buggy-by shooting in the next day or two.

      • M D Reese July 3rd, 2014 at 12:54 pm

        I’m laughing and moaning at the same time…

    • tiredoftea July 3rd, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      In Hollywood filming their TV show.

  2. uzza July 3rd, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    As a kid I remember studying Malthus, and rat populations, and how when a pen becomes overpopulated, they start exhibiting abnormal, violent self destructive behavior. Every time I read the news I’m reminded of that.

    • M D Reese July 3rd, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Me too. When I was born, there were only 2 billion people on the planet. There are now over 7 billion and people are still breeding like rabbits. That’s OK–Mother Nature will take care of the problem at some point and the planet will get on with it. With or without us. (Probably without) I’m glad I got to experience it when there were only 2 billion of us.

    • tiredoftea July 3rd, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      We really are just self aware (minimally) viruses in a very big agar solution.

  3. Billy Jackson July 3rd, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I agree. This should be a hate crime. Cowards love picking on those who can’t or won’t fight back.

  4. tiredoftea July 3rd, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    NRA sponsored false flag operation so that our frothy guns anywhere, all the time, for any reason, friends can trumpet a violent attack where no guns were used!