Reports courtesy of Mike Joyner, Public Information Officer, City of Fort Wayne Police Department
FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department recently released additional surveillance photographs of the suspect in the Nov. 18 robbery of Star Financial Bank at 7110 Lima Road. The department is asking the media to run the additional images in hopes someone in the public might be able to identify the suspect. The suspect has been described as a male white, possibly in his mid-20s.
In addition to the photos, the suspect was seen leaving the scene in a silver SUV that had a white circular sticker in the window on the left side of the vehicle.
Anyone with information that might lead to the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP or our non-emergency line at (260) 427-1222.
City receives COPS grant to hire 10 additional police officers
FORT WAYNE—The City of Fort Wayne recently announced that the Fort Wayne Police Department has received a $1.25 million Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant to hire 10 additional police officers to serve the community.
A resolution seeking City Council’s approval to participate in the grant was introduced at City Council’s meeting on Nov. 26, with discussion scheduled for Dec. 3 and possible final passage on Dec. 10. The City will provide a percentage of matching funds as part of the grant. The funding would be part of the City’s 2015 budget.
The academy class for the 10 grant-funded officers is tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2015.
COPS is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. COPS does its work principally by sharing information and making grants to police departments around the United States.
“This is great news for our community. To be able to add police officers to serve and protect citizens and businesses is a big win for Fort Wayne,” said Police Chief Rusty York. “Our department is committed to providing the best services possible and being accessible to the public.”
“Investing in public safety is critical in our efforts to being a City that values quality of life, strong neighborhoods, and being a vibrant place for business and job growth,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “We want citizens and businesses to feel safe and be encouraged about the future of Fort Wayne. By having additional police resources, we’re going to continue with the positive momentum in our community.”
Earlier this year, local funding was approved to hire 20 new police officers. The academy class for those officers will begin in early 2014.
Man found dead on Central Drive
FORT WAYNE—At approximately 3:08 p.m., Dec. 1, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the Alley East of 3100 Central Drive in regards to a man down. An adult male was located lying on the ground in the alley and was unresponsive. There appeared to be trauma to the male subject. The coroner and paramedics made the scene and pronounced the subject deceased. The circumstances surrounding this incident are in the preliminary stages of investigation. The coroner will determine the cause and manner of death pending an autopsy.
This incident remains under investigation by The Fort Wayne Police Department, The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, and The Coroner’s Office.