Crime and Safety Reports: March 19-25 Edition

| March 19, 2014

Be on lookout for school crossing guards

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department is asking for the media’s assistance in reminding motorist to be hyper aware of school crossing guards in the vicinity of all schools.

Because of the severe weather that closed schools for several days this winter FWCS has extended their dismissal time by one hour. Those motorist that don’t normally encounter School Crossing Guards during their commute are creating a very significant safety concern by not stopping for crossing guards when required to do so.

FWCS will continue to extend dismissal time by one hour through April 11.

Man sought in alleged crossbow theft

Fort Wayne Police Department officials are trying to locate the man in the stocking cap in this photo.

Fort Wayne Police Department officials are trying to locate the man in the stocking cap in this photo.

FORT WAYNE—Police officers are seeking information regarding the identity of a man allegedly involved in a theft at a local pawn shop.

According to the complaining party,  at approximately 5 p.m., Feb. 21, a male white, approximately 5’10”, wearing Carhart Camo/pants, appearing to be in his early 30s, came into Cash America Pawn, 944 N. Coliseum Blvd. The suspect picked up the crossbow and waited in line as if he were going to pay for the item. After about 10 minutes, he reportedly walked out of the store.

Police officials released the photo below from that date and time in hopes of identifying the man in the stocking cap and locating him.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident or the identity of the man in the photo to call Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP (7867).

Pedestrian critical after being struck by car

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 8:35 p.m., March 7, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the report of a pedestrian struck on Meyer Road north of New Haven Avenue. Once on scene, officers found an adult male down in the roadway unresponsive. He was transported to a local hospital where physicians have determined his condition to be critical.

Investigators have determined that the victim was walking in the roadway northbound on Meyer Road when the driver of a Nissan Pathfinder who was also northbound on Meyer struck the victim. A witness to the incident traveling the opposite direction told investigators that the victim was dressed in all dark clothing and was extremely hard to see. The driver of the Nissan told investigators that he never saw the victim before impacting with him. It was also discovered that the victim was wearing stereo headphones at the time of the accident.

At this time there is no reason to believe that the driver was under the influence, but as is protocol in this types of investigations a blood draw will be conducted to conclusively rule in or out the presence of alcohol or drugs.

This incident is being investigated by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Coroner’s Office and the Allen County Prosecutors office.

Barricade incident ends with surrender

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 1:35 a.m., March 13, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to 124 Esmond St. on the reported domestic disturbance call. Once on scene it was learned that Elgin M. Davis, 27, earlier had arrived at the location and confronted an adult female, his ex-girlfriend. Davis was barred from having any contact with the female per a court issued “No Contact” order due to a previous domestic incident involving the two.

Officers soon learned that Davis had threatened to shoot the female and any officer who tried to enter the home. After approximately one hour of unsuccessfully resolving the standoff, police deployed their EST and CRT teams to handle the situation. The women was able to safely escape the residence prior to the arrival of the specialty teams and retreated to the safety with uniform officers who were surrounding the home.

Once on scene, CRT team members attempted to communicate with the suspect but their attempts were refused. Members of the EST team then introduced several rounds of gas into the home but Davis still refused to exit. A robot was deployed and found Davis hiding in the basement of the home. Shortly thereafter Davis surrendered to members of the EST team without incident.

No firearm was discovered and there were no injuries.

During this standoff police were required to block vehicular traffic on Esmond Street between Calhoun and Clinton and on Calhoun from Pontiac to Wildwood. Traffic was restored to normal at approximately 6:30 a.m.

This incident remain under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutors office.

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