Violence Plagues Marion Over Holiday Weekend

While most Grant County families prepared to celebrate the July 4th weekend, police responded to three violent incidents in Marion, about which the Marion Police Department has since provided us with detailed press releases.

On Thursday, July 2nd, Marion Police were dispatched to the 500 block of E. Highland, where they found the caller, Robert Beck (34), standing outside of the residence. Beck informed police that he lived in the home and that he called 911 because he had shot a man inside. Police put Beck in handcuffs, for their own safety, and then went into the home, where they located Brian Eccles (51), whom Beck had shot in both the left arm and the chest.

Beck told police that he found his wife (who was also in the house when police arrived), Jodi Beck (35), cheating on him with Eccles, which was when Beck decided to shoot Eccles, despite the fact that the Becks had reportedly separated earlier that day. When the shooting occurred, there were also children present in the home, ages 7 and 11.

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Eccles received medical care from the responding officers, but he was then airlifted from Marion General Hospital to another hospital in Fort Wayne. At the time of the press release, Eccles was reported to be in critical condition.

Robert Beck was arrested by police and charged with Aggravated Battery, which is a Level 3 Felony, and his bond was set at $30,005.00 cash.

We’ve since received reports that Beck posted bond but was then picked up by police again and charged with Invasion of Privacy.

Robert Beck, arrested by MPD on July 2, 2020

On Friday, July 3rd, the Marion Police Department says that Officer Steven Moore was flagged down during his patrol at Bradford and Branson by a man named Jonathan Green, who told Officer Moore that he and his girlfriend, Sarah Sweat (29), had just been robbed at gun point while in their car. Green told police that the suspect struck him in the head with a gun, which he used to threaten the couple, and then stole money from them. Luckily, the couple witnessed the suspect then run into a residence in the 500 block of N. Branson.

Police were able to surround the home and demand the suspect emerge from the home, with his hands in the air. The suspect was identified as Zackery Dodd (26), who was then arrested and transported to the Grant County Jail.

According to MPD’s press release, Dodd was charged with Armed Robbery, Intimidation, Pointing a Loaded Firearm, and Battery, and his bond was set at $30,005.00.

Zackery Dodd (29), arrested by MPD on July 3, 2020

On Saturday, July 4th, police were dispatched to the 300 block of E. Swayzee St. for a reported shooting. When police arrived at the address, they found a man, identified as Julian Alvarez (50), who had been shot in the lower right leg. Alvarez was treated by both police and MGH medics for the wound.

Police were able to speak with the owner of the residence, David Moore (46), and he claimed that Alvarez had been in the back yard, with a large wrench, when the unidentified suspect shot him. After Alvarez had been shot, the suspect then fled, escaping the yard by going through a hole in the fencing. A neighbor had been outside at the time of the incident, but he told police he did not witness what happened.

However, Alvarez was able to describe the suspect to the police, saying he was “a tall white male who was wearing black shorts and with long hair and had a black handgun.”

The police are making a call to the public to help them catch this suspect, so if you have any information on this shooting, here’s how you can contact detectives:

If you have any information concerning this incident you are asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at (765) 668-4417 or Grant Central Dispatch at (765) 662-9981 for a Marion Detective.


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