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Elkhart police arrest suspect in machete attack of Walmart worker

Justin Hicks
IPB News

Police in Elkhart say they have made an arrest in connection with a machete attack in the Walmart parking lot on County Road 6.

The incident happened at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police say it appears the suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Lincoln Leuchtner of Elkhart, stole a machete from the store by concealing it in his backpack.

Once out of the store, Leuchtner allegedly called a Walmart employee over to him in the parking lot and attacked him, then fled on a bicycle.

Leuchtner was arrested about an hour later. The victim, a man in his early 30s, was treated for what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.

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Kent Fulmer joined WVPE in August of 2020 to take on one of the station's most high profile roles as the local host of Morning Edition. Kent comes to WVPE with more than 20 years experience in radio in the Michiana area. During his career, Kent has had a variety of roles including DJ, reporter and newscaster, as well as several behind-the-scenes positions. Kent and his wife, Donna, are celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary in 2020 and have lived in Elkhart County for almost 20 years. They have two adult daughters, Sarah and Rebecca. When not working, Kent is active as a musician, playing trumpet and flugelhorn. He has performed with a number of area bands. Currently he performs with the Phat Tuesday Dixieland Band and Jazz Assemblage, as well as his church's praise band. As a member of Jazz Assemblage, Kent has appeared at the Elkhart Jazz Festival several times. He also volunteers with Bugles Across America.