Crime & Safety briefs: April 17-23 edition

| April 17, 2013

Bank employee, relative abducted in robbery

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 9:24 p.m., April 3, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the Pinnacle Credit Union located at 3425 Hobson Road in reference to a bank robbery.

As officers arrived at the bank, they located a bank employee inside the bank, who told officers that as she arrived home around 5:15 p.m. that evening, she was met by a male who was armed with a handgun who forced her inside her residence. Once inside the residence, the suspect tied the employee’s hands and told her that he was going to drive with her later in the evening to the bank.

While at the residence, a relative of the employee arrived. The relative entered inside where the suspect also tied the relative’s hands. A short time later, another male suspect arrived at the residence.

At approximately 9 p.m., the suspects drove the employee and the employee’s relative to the Pinnacle Credit Union. As they arrived at the credit union, one male suspect stayed in the vehicle with the relative while the other male suspect went into the bank with the employee. The suspects then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

There is no suspect information at this time. There were no injuries to the employee or the relative.
This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Bank Robbery Task Force and the Allen County Prosecutors Office.


Moped accident victim dies

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 10:15 a.m., April 5, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of E. Washington Boulevard and S. Anthony Boulevard in reference to a critical injury accident. Medics arrived first on the scene and advised that the motorcyclist appeared to be in critical condition. Officers arrived at the scene and discovered a blue moped that had crashed in the middle of Washington Boulevard and a maroon GMC Sonoma pickup truck on a curb off of E. Washington Boulevard. The operator of the blue moped, later identified as 47-year-old Steven Mincoff, was transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition. The driver of the pickup truck, identified as 59-year-old Richard Levihn, was also transported to a local hospital in fair condition.

After a week of a hospitalization, Mincoff reportedly died at a local hospital on April 12.

A preliminary investigation indicates the moped was traveling south on S. Anthony Boulevard and turned eastbound on E. Washington Boulevard at the same time the truck was traveling north on S. Anthony Boulevard and turned eastbound on E. Washington Boulevard. The motorcycle and truck crashed into each other.


Bank employee targeted after hours in robbery attempted 

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 9:01 p.m., April 8, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a home in the 5500 block of McClellan Street in response to a report of an attempted robbery.

The resident of the home reported that upon her arrival, she and her male companion encountered two men inside who were armed with handguns. The perpetrators then bound the hands of the two victims, and demanded “the bank keys.”

It is believed that the perpetrators intended to transport the victim to the financial institution where she is employed, and then gain access to it and to any available cash inside. One of the victims was able to free himself from the ties and the perpetrators fled the home on foot. There were no injuries reported at the scene.

A Canine Unit attempted a track, which terminated nearby.

Investigators are asking for anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity, vehicle, or person(s) in that area at that time or anyone with information about this incident to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

The incident remains under investigation with the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. There is nothing further at this time.


Critical injury motorcycle on Leesburg

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 7:26 p.m., April 9, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Leesburg Road reference a motorcycle crash with injuries. Officers arrived on scene and discovered the crash involved a single motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist was unconscious and unresponsive upon the officer’s arrival. Paramedics and fire personnel arrived and indicated the victim was in critical condition. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Preliminary reports indicate the motorcyclist was traveling northbound in the 1300 block of Leesburg Road. Witnesses stated the motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve in roadway, crossed the centerline and struck the curb on the west side of the road. Upon striking the curb, the motorcyclist lost control and struck a light pole. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Investigators believe speed and alcohol were both contributing factors in the crash.

Leesburg Road remained closed to all traffic while the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (F.A.C.T) investigated the crash and processed the scene. This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

These articles originally appeared in our April 17, 2013 issue.


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