On Saturday August 30, about 9:20 in the evening the Marshall County Dispatch Center received a complaint from a residence in the 100 block of Wood Street in LaPaz. The call was in reference to credit card fraud and theft.
Patrolman Jonathon Bryant responded to the residence and learned that the suspect, Aaron Eckman III, had stolen his grandparents credit card and had made several fraudulent purchases. Mr. Eckman was also currently wanted for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.
Officers Bryant, Bragg and Sergeant Phil Beam with the Sheriff’s Department went to a residence on Thumper Trail in LaPaz that Mr. Eckman was known to be at. Approaching the residence, offices located Mr. Eckman on the back of a moped being operated by Randall Warren Jr. Eckman was taken into custody without incident and officers recovered evidence from the theft. Officers also found the moped in question to be stolen out of Bremen. Mr. Warren was also placed under arrest.
Officers then went to a residence and located Justin Haining inside and placed him under arrest for his involvement in the credit card fraud. While two officers were transporting Mr. Eckman and Mr. Warren to the jail, Mr. Haining was able to escape on foot and handcuffed from the remaining officers squad car.
On Monday September 1, Officers Bryant, Hafke and Sgt. Beam located Mr. Haining as he attempted to flee from his residence on Thumper Trail and apprehended him.
Aaron Eckman is currently being held at the Marshall County Jail for Fraud and Theft. He has a $3000.00 cash bond for the new charges and no bond for the warrant.
Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial by jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.