Police: Murder suspects mislead on benefit to robbing victim, gym owner was 'innocent'
A little over two weeks after the murder of a South Toledo gym owner, police have implicated five men in the homicide of Joseph "Joe" Lengel.
The founder of the Intensity CrossFit Gym died the morning of Nov. 19 after being found shot outside his business on Warehouse Road. Authorities believe the shooting stemmed from a botched robbery attempt.
On Thursday, Toledo Police released the names of five men charged in the case and asked for the public's help in finding one of the suspects who was still at-large.
As of 11 p.m. Thursday, 19-year-old Deitrekk Boone was still on the run and police were asking for tips on his whereabouts to be called into Crimestoppers at 419-255-1111.
Three other suspects, 31-year-old Jason Kuhns, 34-year-old Matthew Managhan, and 19-year-old Devonte Harris were each apprehended on Wednesday night.
In addition, around 4 p.m. on Thursday, 35-year-old Chad Brown turned himself into the Lucas County Corrections Center.
Each of the men are facing different charges in the case because of their varying involvement in the crime. Kuhns, Harris and Boone are all accused of both the aggravated robbery and the aggravated murder of Lengel.
Heffernan says the "three approached [Lengel]â?¦there were two guns involvedâ?¦Lengel resisted the attempt to rob him and at that point he was shot and killed.â??
Manahan and Brown, however, are not believed to have been at the scene and are accused of aggravated robbery because of their alleged involvement in planning the robbery.
Officials add that they could pursue additional charges in the future if other crimes are uncovered during their continuing investigation. Authorities say their investigation, so far, shows that Lengel did not previously know the suspects and was an â??innocent victim.â??
â??[The suspects] felt that there was going to some pay off for doing this robbery. I donâ??t think it turned out the way they originally plannedâ?¦.they thought it was going to be something different than it ended up being,â?? Heffernan said.
Investigators would not say what they believe the suspects thought they could obtain from Lengel.
They also refused to comment on the possibility that Lengelâ??s death might be a case of mistaken identity. What police did confirm was that the Toledo native fought for his life when allegedly approached by the suspects. â??During the course of the robbery, Lengel resisted the attempt to rob him and at that point he was shot and killed,â?? Heffernan said.
Police say surveillance video, obtained from a nearby business, was "helpful" in pursuing the charges against the five men.
WNWO has learned that at least 2 of the 5 suspects have previous arrest records.
Earlier this year Deitrekk Boone was taken into custody on a burglary charge and Toledo Police say that Jason Kuhns was apprehended, on Wednesday, while participating in a work release program that he was participating in as punishment for an unrelated crime.