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Greencastle man wanted for questioning in runway case

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Anthony Cox
GREENCASTLE -- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Greencastle man police say hampered their attempts to locate a juvenile runaway.

Anthony M. Cox, 22, has been charged in Putnam County Circuit Court with false reporting or informing.

Cox has a charge of Class D felony pending against him in the same court. He was arrested on that charge on May 19, and was released from jail after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond.

Because of the new charge, Cox's bond for the battery charge has been revoked.

According to police reports, Greencastle Police Department Officer Darrel Bunten was dispatched to Cox's home on Thursday to possibly locate a female juvenile that had run away from her home in Michigan.

"Upon arrival I spoke with a male named Anthony Cox, who I know from a previous incident," Bunten wrote in a report.

Bunten said when he questioned Cox about the missing girl, Cox said he had seen her in Cloverdale two days prior. When Bunten asked if he could enter Cox's apartment, Cox allowed him entrance. Cox told Bunten he was the only person in the apartment.

Once in the apartment, Bunten saw a young woman fitting the description of the Michigan runaway in a hallway. He asked the girl if she was the missing person, and she said she was, court documents said.

The girl told Bunten she had contacted Cox via a MySpace account. She said Cox had come to get her and had brought her to Indiana.

"I spoke with Anthony Cox and asked him why he lied about her being in the residence," Bunten wrote. "He didn't reply."

The girl was taken to Sugar Creek Detention Facility in Ladoga. A juvenile court hearing is pending.

Bunten said after the girl was removed from Cox's home he returned to Cox's apartment to speak with him, but that he had left.

Cox has pled guilty to the battery charge and is set for sentencing on June 17. That charge stems from an incident in which Cox allegedly battered an 18-month-old child, causing injuries to the child's legs, forehead, face and eye area.

Cox admitted to striking the child, court records said.

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Dude, you are digging a big hole.

-- Posted by mad-mom on Sat, Jun 5, 2010, at 11:46 AM

This cat really knows how to party ....

-- Posted by GRNT on Sat, Jun 5, 2010, at 12:25 PM

Whatamess....How sad

-- Posted by mothersue on Sat, Jun 5, 2010, at 2:25 PM

From beating babies to harboring juvenile run aways,whats next?

-- Posted by obeone on Sun, Jun 6, 2010, at 3:28 PM

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