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Published: Thursday, 12/6/2012 - Updated: 1 year ago

4 Toledo men in custody for roles in murder of local gym owner

BLADE STAFF

 

From left, Devonte Harris, Jason Kuhns and Matthew Managhan From left, Devonte Harris, Jason Kuhns and Matthew Managhan
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Four men have been arrested, and one other is wanted, for varying roles in the robbery and shooting death of a Toledo gym owner.

Charged with one count each of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery for the Nov. 19 shooting death of Joseph Lengel, Jr., 57, are Devonte Harris, 19, of 1326 Gordon St., and Jason Kuhns, 31, of 1416 Beecham St.

Matthew Managhan, 34, of 1156 South Ave., and Chad Brown, 35, of 839 Walbridge Ave., are charged with aggravated robbery.

Everyone but Mr. Brown were arraigned today in Toledo Municipal Court. Bond for Mr. Harris and Kuhns was ordered to be set at $1.5 million each. Bond for Managhan was set at $500,000.

Mr. Brown is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Police are still looking for Deitrekk Boone, 19, also of the Beecham address.

Mr. Boone is charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

According to court documents, Mr. Kuhns, Mr. Harris, and Mr. Boone allegedly robbed Mr. Lengel, 57, of his personal property on Nov. 19 as he arrived at his gym to open for the day. Mr. Lengel, who owned Intensity CrossFit Gym, 757 Warehouse Rd., in South Toledo, was then shot once in the left side of his chest.

Court documents do not indicate who police believe was the shooter.

In documents filed Wednesday at Toledo Municipal Court, police allege that Mr. Brown “did organize, plan, and participate in the aggravated robbery of the victim,” the same wording used in charging documents for Managhan.

A Toledo police incident report states that, on Nov. 27, at 8:30 p.m., a team of police searched a North Toledo home to which Mr. Brown has some affiliation.

A team of detectives and sergeants from the Toledo Police Department's Investigative Services Bureau searched 344 E. Streicher St., looking for evidence related to the slaying. According to the incident report, no one was home when police arrived and entered through an unlocked front door.

From the home, police took a bag filled with tools and a book bag with a “game box” inside, according to the report. The report does not indicate how long officers were inside.

When a reporter went to the house last week, no one answered the door, although a light was on in a front room. Neighbors either declined knowing anyone who lived there or denied having witnessed the police search.

At least two other homes were searched during the investigation, police said.

Police reported searching the Gordon Street residence Wednesday, confiscating ammunition. Police also searched 3417 Anderson Pkwy., an address associated with Managhan, but it was not clear if anything was seized there.



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