Crime and Safety Briefs: July 24 edition

| July 23, 2013

Murder victims found at house fire scene

FORT WAYNE—Detectives with the Fort Wayne Police Department continue to investigate the deaths of two individuals who were discovered in a house fire at 3215 Senate Ave., at approximately 8:50 a.m., July 18. Results of an autopsy indicate that the manner of death for both—identified as 40-year-old Terry L. Lagrone and 19-year-old Desiree L. Sheets—is gunshot wounds, and the cause of death for both is homicide.

At the scene of the fire, family members, friends and neighbors gathered and although all were very cooperative and forthcoming with information, detectives have not yet confirmed a motive for the homicide, but they do believe that the occupants of the home were targeted and that this was not a random act. There is no suspect information at this time.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact police at (260) 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP [7867]. The incident remains under investigation with the City of Fort Wayne Police and Fire Departments, the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and the Allen County Coroner’s Office. There is nothing further at this time.

 

Man found dead in backyard

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 12:32 p.m., July 18, officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department were dispatched to a home in the 1700 block of High Street in reference to a body discovered in the backyard of that home. First responders arrived and medical personnel pronounced the victim, later identified as 42-year-old Kirk Lecount, dead at the scene. The exact cause and manner of death of the victim will be determined by the Allen County Coroner’s Office. The identity of the victim will be confirmed and released by the Allen County Coroner’s Office as well. At this time it is believed that Lecount was a resident of the home where his body was discovered.

This incident remains under investigation with the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone having any information is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police at (260) 427-1201, or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP [7867].

Assisting Agencies: Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD) and the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority (TRAA).

The above articles originally appeared in the July 24 print edition.

 

Two injured in shooting—one critical

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne Police Department responded to 4000 block of Avondale Drive on a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both males were taken to a local hospital, one in serious condition, one in critical condition. The critical victim later was identified as 28-year-old Willie J. Martin, age 28; the other victim was 27-year-old Carleon M. Ragsdale.

The initial investigation has revealed that a group of males were in front of a home on Avondale Drive when an unidentified male approached this group on foot from between some houses. This male opened fire on the group with an unidentified weapon, striking the two victims. Martin collapsed after being shot, and Ragsdale was able to run across the street before collapsing. The shooter was described as a male black, wearing a white shirt, black shorts, and black and white shoes.

Officers along with a police K-9 unit attempted a K-9 track to locate the suspect, but the K-9 track was unsuccessful in locating anyone.

At this time there are no suspects and no one is in custody, and a motive has not been established, nor have weapons have been recovered. The relationship between victims, and between victims and shooter, is yet to be determined, as is whether or not gang activity is suspected.

Crime scene technicians are currently processing the scene, searching for and collecting any evidence. Detectives are also canvassing the area for any possible witnesses and will be interviewing the victims at the earliest opportunity. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

The 4000 block of Avondale Drive remained closed during the investigation.

This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Assisting agencies include the City of Fort Wayne Fire Department and the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

Juliette Ave. shooting investigation

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 10:31 p.m., July 10, officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a 911 hang up call received by dispatchers. There was a female heard yelling on the line and then the call was disconnected. On re-call the line went straight to voice mail. The address of the phone call was ascertained through tracking the signal to the 2400 block of Juliette Ave. Upon arrival, officers were able to determine that someone was shot. There was a slight language barrier.

An adult male, later identified as 44-year-old Jose E. Pinto-Soto, who was in his backyard was shot by an unknown suspect. He was categorized in serious condition at the scene. He was transported to a local hospital where he was later downgraded to critical condition. There were no other injuries reported at the scene. There was a k-9 track conducted which was terminated a short time later.

Police and detectives canvassed the area for potential evidence and information. Crime scene technicians processed the scene. All that is known at this time is that the suspect is a male.

This incident remains under investigation by the city of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

 

Police suspect man shot on Lillie Street

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 12:45 p.m., July 10, officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Lillie Street and McKinnie Avenue on a report of shots fired in the area. A caller reported hearing shots fired in the area, then seeing a male on the ground. The shooting victim fled the area in a vehicle prior to the arrival of first responders. At approximately 12:52 p.m., it was reported that a shooting victim, later identified as 26-year-old Tyjuan P. Jett, arrived at Fort Wayne Fire Station 11 at 405 E. Rudisill Blvd. First responders rendered aid there and the victim was transported from Fort Wayne Fire Station 11 to a local hospital where his condition was downgraded from serious to critical.

Officers and detectives identified a crime scene in the front yard of a home in the 4400 block of Lillie Street. Evidence was also discovered in a church lot in the 1700 block of McKinnie Avenue. Crime Scene Technicians processed both scenes. A Canine Unit assisted in the investigation also, and tracked south of this location for approximately one block where the track terminated. Detectives canvassed the area for any possible witnesses. Initial reports received indicated that the suspect, a male Hispanic, fled the area on foot.

This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Assisting agencies include the City of Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

 

Missing child returns home safe

FORT WAYNE—On July 16, officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the report of a missing child, Isaac Roark, a 14-year-old white male, who had last been seen at 8 p.m. that evening.

According to initial reports, Roark had last been seen in the Bloomingdale Park-West area, located next to the intersection of Pape Avenue and Sherman Boulevard.

At approximately 9 a.m., July 18, however, On July 18th, at approximately 9:00 a.m., this missing juvenile returned home safe. No foul play is suspected.

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