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posted: 9/21/2012 10:08 AM

Ind. woman, 3 others charged in Amish attacks

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Associated Press

BERNE, Ind. -- Four northern Indiana residents are facing felony charges in connection with a series of attacks and robberies on local Amish traveling in horse-drawn buggies.

Court documents allege that 42-year-old Michelle Rodriguez hatched a plan to rob Amish residents in the Adams County town of Berne to get money she needed to move from Berne to Fort Wayne and to buy cocaine.

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The Journal Gazette reports that Rodriguez, 19-year-old David Veliz, 18-year-old Alejandro Lopez and a juvenile face robbery-related charges in Monday's attacks.

In one of the four attacks an Amish woman driving a buggy reported that two people wearing masks and one carrying a baseball bat exited a car, demanding money from her. When she refused to comply, the person with the bat struck her in the leg.

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