Peru couple facing more charges in teen beating case

Reginald Greene (left) Tanisha Witt (right) (Provided Photos)
Reginald Greene (left) Tanisha Witt (right) (Provided Photos)

PERU, Ind. (Kokomo Tribune) — A Peru couple arrested after a 17-year-old boy said he was tied up and beaten are facing more charges after deputies say they detained two other juveniles at gunpoint for breaking into a car.

Police arrested 36-year-old Reginald Greene on May 23 after he said he caught the 17-year-old boy breaking into his home near Grissom Air Reserve Base. Greene said the teen tried to run away, so he chased him down, tied him to a chair and duct taped his hands.

Police say Greene then punched and kicked the boy, whipped him with a belt and shocked him twice with a stun gun. According to deputies, Greene’s children, 3 and 4 years old, were present at the time, 24-Hour News 8′s news partners at the Kokomo Tribune report.

Greene reported the burglary two hours later. The boy said he didn’t burglarize the home, but rather Greene invited him into the house, and then detained and beat him.

In a follow-up interview, the teen told deputies that Greene and his girlfriend, 35-year-old Tanisha Witt, had earlier detained two of his juvenile friends at gunpoint, after they were caught breaking into Greene’s car.

The juveniles admitted to police they were breaking into the car when Greene and Witt found them and ordered them into the house at gunpoint.

The juveniles told police Greene and Witt held them for about four hours. During that time the juveniles say the pair threatened to shoot them and force them to perform sexual acts on each other. One of the juveniles said Greene picked him up and slammed to the ground.

Police say the juveniles told Greene and Witt where to find the 17-year-old, who told deputies the couple later found and coerced him into transporting drugs for them.

Greene and Witt now face charges of criminal confinement, pointing a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, neglect of dependent, possession of marijuana with intent to deal and possession of paraphernalia. Greene also faces charges of battery.

The couple was first arrested May 23, and then bonded out. They were arrested again Friday.

Greene bonded out of the Miami County jail Monday on a $43,000 bond. Witt remains in jail on a $45,000 bond.

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