Crime & Safety Briefs: Feb. 12 edition

| February 13, 2014

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

Man robbed on East Creighton

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 1:15 p.m., Feb. 2, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the report of an armed robbery to an individual in the 600 block of E. Creighton Street.

The victim stated that he was approached by two males, both armed with handguns, and robbed of his cash. During the course of the robbery the victim was pistol wiped by one of the perpetrators. The victim, who was in his car during the incident, stated that he at some point was able to speed away from his assailants and in doing so did in fact hit at least one of the two knocking him to the ground.

Witnesses to the incident told officers that one of the two individuals involved possibly ran to a house in the 600 block of E. Creighton Street resulting in officers securing the perimeter of the home which led police to deploy the EST and CRT teams. Once on scene, consent to search the home was given by the owner and EST members entered the home and found no one inside.

This incident is being investigated by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutors office.


Several arrested during meth lab bust

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 9:01 a.m., Jan. 30, the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Vice & Narcotics division, along with members of the Emergency Services Team served a search warrant at 1116 Osage St.  Narcotics detectives earlier had investigated reports of methamphetamine production at the location and obtained a search warrant for this address.

During the service of the search warrant, one adult and four juveniles were discovered inside of the residence. Natalie Y. Long, 32, was arrested  and charged with:

• Manufacturing Methamphetamine—Class B felony;

• Illegal dumping of controlled waste—Class D felony;

• Maintaining a common nuisance—Class D felony, and

• Possession of paraphernalia—Class A misdemeanor.

Long’s bond was set at $55,750.

During the search of the residence, Daniell M. Brown, 23, returned to the house and was arrested for child neglect, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. Brown’s four children were removed from the home and placed into protective custody by Department of Child Services. The children ranged in age from 10 months to four years old and were transported to a local hospital to be checked for possible meth exposure.

While still at the scene of the raid, detectives received information regarding a person who had an active warrant for his arrest, who also was involved with this investigation. Christopher W. Burgess, 36, was found at a different location and was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine, illegal dumping of controlled waste and an outstanding warrant.

The Allen County Board of Health assisted with this investigation and condemned the house.  Neighborhood Code assisted by boarding up the house.

During a search of the residence, narcotics detectives also discovered “spice,” drug paraphernalia consistent with methamphetamine use and two active one-pot meth labs.

The investigation of this incident is ongoing.

Meth lab found at motel, trio arrested

FORT WAYNE—Officers of the FWPD received information that was an active “one pot meth lab” inside of a room at the Travel Inn, located at 2712 W. Coliseum Blvd.  Officers arrived on scene and located an active meth lab inside a motel room. Due to the flammability of some of the chemicals involved in the lab, the Fort Wayne Fire Department was called to assist in case of a fire. As a safety precaution, several nearby motel rooms were also evacuated and the occupants were forced to seek shelter in the lobby for approximately one hour, until the lab was neutralized the FWPD Meth Suppression Unit.

Arrested were:

• Samantha Cole, 23, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors; maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of methamphetamine.

• Brandon A. Gammons, 27, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors; maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of methamphetamine.

• Stephen R. Knott, 28 on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors; maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of methamphetamine.

This is the fifth methamphetamine lab the FWPD Meth Suppression Team has neutralized this year.

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