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Duo confesses to gun shop hold-up

Two Fort Wayne men admitted to robbing a New Haven gun shop, each pleading guilty in U.S. District Court last week to robbery and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Craig Whigum and Brenton Ennis, both 19, were arrested in November after the armed robbery of Shooters Gun Shop, 660 Lincoln Highway West.

During the robbery, a customer was beaten.

With Orlando Paschall, 21, and an unnamed 15-year-old boy waiting in a blue Impala, Ennis and Whigum went into the store, according to court documents.

Either Ennis or Whigum asked to see a firearm and when the store owner went to get it, the robber pulled his own gun and pointed it at the owner, court documents allege.

A customer told police the other robber pointed a gun at him and demanded money and his car keys.

After the customer handed over the items, the robber punched him in the face and hit him multiple times.

The store owner’s own gun was taken from him, as well as his wallet, which contained $1,200 in store money he was going to deposit at a bank.

One of the robbers threatened to kill him and threw him to the floor, according to court documents.

Ennis and Whigum fled the store with numerous handguns, three long guns and ammunition, court records show.

They drove off and the owner called police, records said.

After police gave chase and deployed stop sticks, the car crashed into a pickup truck at Anthony Boulevard and McKinnie Avenue.

Whigum, Paschall and the juvenile were taken into custody and Ennis fled.

State prosecutors initially charged Paschall with robbery, but the charge was dismissed.

Whigum and Ennis will be sentenced at a later date.

rgreen@jg.net

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