Crime & Safety Briefs: July 3 edition

| July 4, 2013

Courtesy of Raquel Foster, Public Information Officer, City of Fort Wayne Police Department

Barricaded subject threatens suicide

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 1:07 a.m., June 26, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a mobile home located in the 3100 block of Wells Street in reference to a 911 hang up call. While officers were responding to the scene, 911 dispatch spoke with an individual who was inside a mobile home making suicide threats. As officers arrived on the scene, they made several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with the individual. Members with the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Emergency Services Team and the Crisis Response Team were dispatched to the scene. Negotiators on the scene spoke several times with the individual who continued to refuse to come outside. After approximately three hours, officers deployed tear gas into the mobile home at which time the individual exited and surrendered to police. The individual was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Bomb squad called to federal courthouse

FORT WAYNE—On June 25, 2013, officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department were dispatched to the United States Federal Courthouse located at 1300 S. Harrison to assist the United States Marshal’s with an investigation of suspicious activity. An adult male subject acted in a suspicious manner as he attempted to enter the courthouse. The adult subject then dropped a bundle covered by clothing. Officers spoke with the subject and he was detained as part of the investigation. The bundle had been dropped near the entrance located at the northeast corner of the building.

A perimeter was created a safe distance from this bundle. Traffic was shut off along S. Harrison between Douglas and Brackenridge.

The Explosives Ordinance Disposal unit was contacted and arrived to assist. Officers assigned to this unit arrived and determined that the bundle did not contain any objects with destructive potential. The area was released for normal traffic.

The subject was released at the scene. No state level charges are expected to be filed against the subject who was detained.

 

Man arrested after stabbing incident

FORT WAYNE—On June 25, 2013, officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of Main Street and Clinton Street in reference to a stabbing. An adult victim was located and transported to a local hospital in fair condition.

A suspect description was obtained and a short time later, a suspect was located near the bridge at Clinton and Superior. The suspect, later identified as 58-year-old Bernard Ford of Fort Wayne, was taken into custody and transported to local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

This case was investigated by detectives from the Fort Wayne Police Department. Ford subsequently was charged with battery with a deadly weapon.

 

Man found dead in front of apartment building

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 7:50 p.m., June 23, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 400 block of Cedar Glen Drive in reference to a man down. As officers and paramedics arrived on the scene, they located a male lying in front of an apartment building unresponsive. Paramedics pronounced the male, later identified as 46-year-old Michael D. Eltzroth, to be deceased. Investigators on the scene spoke with neighbors to collect more information about the incident.

The exact cause and manner of death will be released by the Allen County Coroners Office. This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Allen County Coroners Office.

 

BP robbed on Calhoun Street

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department is presently investigating an armed robbery that occurred on June 22, 2013 at approximately 1:54 a.m. at 3833 S. Calhoun St., site of a BP Gas Station. It was reported that a black male entered the business brandishing a handgun and demanded money from the register. The perpetrator left the store walking ‘casually’ in a southeast direction from the front of the store. There were no injuries reported at the scene. Investigators have obtained store surveillance footage of the perpetrator and they are seeking the public’s help in identifying him. View the video at www.frostillustrated.com/2013/bp-robbery/

Anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of this individual is asked to call police at (260) 427-1201, or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP [7867] where a cash reward is possible for information received. The incident remains under investigation with the City of Fort Wayne Police Department, and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.

This article originally appeared in the July 3 print edition.

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