Crime & Safety Briefs: Nov. 27 edition

| November 27, 2013

Reports courtesy of Mike Joyner, Public Information Officer, City of Fort Wayne Police Department

Star Financial Bank robbed

FORT WAYNE– At approximately 9:25 a.m., Nov.18, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Bank Robbery Task Force responded to the Star Financial Bank located at 7110 Lima Road in reference to a bank robbery. Once on scene officers were told that a male white in his mid-20s entered the bank handed a teller a note that demanded cash, the note also indicated that he was armed. The suspect kept a hand in his coat pocket as though he was concealing a weapon the entire time.

The suspect was given cash at which point he left the bank where he was seen leaving the immediate area in a silver SUV. It should be noted that witnesses reported seeing what was described as a “white circular sticker” in a left side window of the SUV towards the rear of the vehicle though not on the rear window itself.

Anyone that recognizes the person captured in the photographs provided or are familiar with a SUV as described is encouraged to call our nonemergency line (260) 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP with that information.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Bank Robbery Task Force.

Pedestrian killed on Stellhorn

FORT WAYNE–Fort Wayne Police responded to the report of a pedestrian struck and pinned underneath a vehicle in the 5400 block of Stellhorn Road at approximately 7:10 p.m., Nov. 19.

Officers arrived to found the victim still underneath the vehicle which had been traveling west on Stellhorn Road. The victim, later identified as 59-year-old David L. Niblack, was transported from the scene to a local hospital in critical condition but was later pronounced dead by attending physicians.

Based on witness accounts the victim was attempting to cross Stellhorn Road from the south side to the north side of the road when he was struck by the westbound vehicle. The driver was not injured in the accident but was transported to a local hospital where he underwent a drug and alcohol screen which is protocol in these types of investigations.

Stellhorn Road was closed to both east and west bound traffic for approximately 90 minutes during the investigation.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Police Department, the Allen County Coroner’s office, and the Allen County Prosecutors office.

Investigators do not believe that drugs or alcohol will play a role in this incident, the investigation continues.


Man arrested for dealing marijuana

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 6:30 a.m., Nov. 15, the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Vice & Narcotics division served a search warrant at 4002 Enola Court. Narcotics detectives received information that someone from this residence was dealing marijuana and eventually purchased marijuana from James Lee Wagner.

Wagner, 31, was arrested for three counts of dealing marijuana (D-Felony), one count of felony possession of marijuana (D-Felony), maintaining a common nuisance (D-Felony) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia (A-Misdemeanor).

His bond was set at $13,250.

During the service of this search warrant, more than 300 grams of marijuana was found, along with more than one gram of hashish and drug paraphernalia. One rifle and one pistol were also confiscated during the search warrant service.

An investigation is ongoing.


Business owner arrested for selling ‘Spice’

FORT WAYNE—After receiving several tips of the sale of synthetic marijuana, commonly known as “Spice,” at the BP Gas Station located at 6230 Stellhorn Road, detectives of the FWPD Vice and Narcotics Division began an investigation. On Nov. 15, detectives served two search warrants at the station. Subsequently, Ashok Kumar, the owner of business, was arrested at the BP Gas Station. A second warrant was served at a private residence located in the 9400 block of Blue Mound Drive.


Suspect in purse snatching soughtFullscreen_capture_11182013_20744_PM Surveillance

FORT WAYNE–The Fort Wayne Police Department needs the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect captured in surveillance photographs in a recent purse snatching in the parking lot of Hobby Lobby at 5519 Coldwater Road.

At approximately 12:04 p.m., Nov. 18, a man, described as a “skinny” male black wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans reportedly snatched the purse of a 76-year-old woman in the Hobby Lobby parking lot, while the woman was getting into her vehicle. The perpetrator, who did not display a weapon, fled on foot.

The woman reported that the stolen purse contained her ID and credit cards.

Anyone with information that may lead to the identification of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP or FWPD’s nonemergency number (260) 427-1222

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