Crime and Safety Report: July 23-29 Edition

| July 23, 2014

56-year-old woman found dead in apartment

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 7:56 a.m., July 12, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to 2440 Fairfield Ave., Regency House Apartments, in reference to a female that was found unresponsive inside an apartment. Officers and medics arrived on scene and located a female/adult, later identified as 56-year-old Audrey L. Knight, deceased inside the apartment.

Per department protocol, the Homicide Team and Crime Scene Units were summoned to assist in this death investigation.

Detectives interviewed potential witnesses that reside within the apartment building. Crime Scene Technicians are processing the scene and collecting possible evidence.

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

Three Rivers Ambulance Authority assisted in the investigation.

Man victim of hit, skip

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 5:43 a.m., July 14, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Goodfellow Drive and Shannon Drive reference an unconscious subject lying in the middle of the intersection. Officers arrived on scene and located the adult/male victim lying in the middle of the street in the 3900 block of Shannon Drive. The victim was unconscious and unresponsive when officers located him. Paramedics transported the victim, later identified as 46-year-old Conrad S. Symonds, to a local hospital in critical condition.

Initial reports indicate two pedestrians located the victim and called police. Detectives are currently canvassing the neighborhood and speaking with nearby residents. Crime Scene Technicians are processing the scene and searching for possible evidence.

A subsequent investigation indicated that Conrad was the victim of a hit and run motor vehicle accident. Detectives are asking the public for assistance in this investigation. If anyone has knowledge of who might be responsible for this accident they are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP (436-7867).

This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. There are no additional details regarding this investigation at this time.

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

Five arrested in drug raids

FORT WAYNE—On July 15, the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Emergency Services Team and the Vice and Narcotics Division served two separate search warrants.

Shortly before 8 a.m. a warrant was served at 454 E. Wildwood. Two subjects were taken into custody.

Tammy Sue Clark, 42, was arrested on charges of:

• Maintaining a common nuisance, and

• Possession of paraphernalia.

Erick Johnson, 40, also was arrested on charges of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

Two dogs and a rabbit were removed from the house by Fort Wayne Animal Control.

Shortly after 11 a.m., a warrant was served at 2944 Alexander St.. Three subjects were arrested. They were:

• Sonnie M. Thompson, 27, on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance;

• Anthony Collier,  26, on four counts of dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule 1 substance, and

Christiana George, 22, on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug (heroin) and dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug.

The Department of Child Services removed an infant from the residence. Two dogs were removed by Fort Wayne Animal Control.

Burglary suspects’ images caught in photos

CONGRESS BURGLARY 1congress burglary 2congress burglary 3FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department needs the public’s assistance in identifying a number of burglary suspects.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., May 15, suspects in these photos committed a burglary in the 400 block Congress Ave. The suspects appear to be in their teens or early 20s.

The photos were taken while the suspects were in the process of committing the crime.

Anyone who can provide information that leads to their identification is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP (436-7867).

 

Man arrested on heroin-related charges

FORT WAYNE—Shortly before 8 a.m., July 16, the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Vice and Narcotics Division served a search warrant at 3701 Holton. Thirty-one-year-old Quentin Royal subsequently was arrested at the scene and charged with:

• Three counts of dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug (heroin), and

• Possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug (heroin).

Man robs Walgreens, escapes on bicycle

FORT WAYNE—On July 11, the Walgreens Pharmacy located at 2410 N Coliseum Blvd. at E. State Boulevard was robbed.

A lone suspect arrived on a bicycle and entered the store and approached the pharmacy. The suspect handed the pharmacist a note asking for specific pills. The pills we placed into a bag and the suspect then exited the store and left on a bicycle eastbound on E. State Boulevard.

The suspect was described as a black male, 6’01” slim build, wearing a light color baseball cap, green long sleeve shirt and khaki pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP (436-7867).

 

Chase Bank robbed

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 11:03 a.m., July 19, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a call of a suspicious person in the 3100 block of E. State Boulevard—in the area of Chase Bank. Police official quickly determined that Chase Bank had been robbed.

Preliminary information indicated that the suspect was a male white, dressed in blue work type coveralls from head to toe. He was was wearing a mask with gloves, with an approximate height of just over 6 feet. Initial reports stipulated that a weapon was not seen during the robbery.

The suspect fled westbound towards Santa Rosa Drive with an undisclosed amount of money. He was on foot and carrying a bag.

A canine track was initiated and terminated some time later.

The Bank Robbery Task Force and the Detective Bureau arrived at the band and witnesses and bank employees were interviewed for further information regarding the crime. Surveillance video was being studied for further clues and evidence. Police officials later determined that there was a white Dodge or Chrysler minivan with tinted windows that was seen in the area roughly 30 minutes prior to the incident that may be of interest.

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

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.

 

Three injured in car crash on Runnion Avenue

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 8:45 p.m., July 20, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the area of Runnion Avenue and Howell Street in regards to someone bein pinned in a traffic accident.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle involved in the accident was traveling North on Runnion Avenue at a high rate of speed. The driver of the vehicle apparently lost control around the railroad tracks just North of Wheeler Street, resulting in the vehicle rolling, clipping a utility pole and finally coming to rest at Runnion Avene and Howell Street.

One of the occupants of the vehicle was ejected, while the other two—the driver and front seat passenger—remained inside. All three occupants were taken to a local hospital: two in critical condition, one in serious condition.

Vehicle speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors to this accident.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Coroner’s Office.

Bakery burglarized

bakery burglary 1bakery burglary 2FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man suspected of burglarizing a local business earlier this year.

At approximately 7:45 a.m., April 18, Fort Wayne police officers met with the manager of Courtney’s Bakery, 6505 E. State Blvd., who told officers the business apparently had been burglarized.

According to the manager, employees closed for the day at 6 p.m. the previous evening. Upon arriving the next morning to open the business, she said that she noticed the cash register was missing. She then noticed a large hole in the wall and went outside the building to call the police.

The owner, who arrived sometime shortly after the police, told officers that this was the second time her business had been burglarized.

Police pieced together the following scenario in this latest burglary:

It appears that the suspect initially tried to pry open the rear door of the business but couldn’t as it had been reinforced due to the previous burglary. The suspect then entered the adjacent, vacant business space at 6507 E. State Blvd., possibly through an unlocked front door. The suspect then punched a hole through the wall to gain access to Courtney’s Bakery.

A surveillance video from the bakery shows the blurry image of a wall clock, indicating that the suspect entered the business at about 10:30 p.m. The video also picked up the noise of the suspect pounding through the wall. The footage initially shows the shadow of the burglar walking back and forth through the business but at one point shows him stopping by the business office and standing slightly in a lighted area. The suspect appears to be a middle age male white with stocky build. The video also shows that he is wearing gloves as he picks up the cash register and carries it to the back office to open it and take out its contents.

Fort Wayne Police are asking anyone who can help tn identifying the burglary suspect captured in these accompaning still surveillance photograph to contact Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP (436-7867).

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