Crime & Safety: March 5 Edition

| March 5, 2014

Two apprehended, two injured after vehicle pursuit

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 10:09, Feb. 20, an officer with the Fort Wayne Police
Department attempted a traffic stop on an orange Chevrolet Avalanche at the intersection of S. Hanna St. and E. Lewis St. The Avalanche failed to stop, but instead led police on a pursuit that went down several side streets. Other officers responded to the area, deploying stop sticks at various locations, hoping to deflate the fleeing vehicle’s tires and end the pursuit.
The Avalanche eventually turned southbound on S. Anthony Boulevard while fleeing. The Avalanche approached the intersection of S. Anthony Boulevard and E. Rudisill Boulevard, disregarding a red light and driving around stopped traffic, continuing towards the intersection. At the same time, a Dodge Dakota carrying an adult male and adult female was traveling westbound on E. Rudisill Boulevard, with a green light. The Avalanche ran  the red light and broadsided the Dakota, causing the Dakota to spin around and face the opposite direction. The Avalanche continued until it struck a tree in a front yard.
The driver was then apprehended, walking away from the vehicle. The passenger fled on foot towards the 3900 block of Lillie Street. Officers on scene requested a K9, and K9 Django (and his handler, Ofc. Coffelt) began tracking this suspect.
At the same time, police received a report of a burglary in progress in the 3900 block of Lillie St. K9 Django tracked to the address where the burglary in progress was reported, and officers then apprehended the passenger inside this home.
The passenger was found to have an active warrant, and narcotics were also found
inside the Avalanche.

The Gang and Violent Crimes unit is investigating this incident, as the occupants of the fleeing car are known gang members.
The occupants of the Dakota were determined to be in serious condition by medics, who transported them to a local hospital, where they remain in serious condition.
The suspects are currently being interviewed by detectives with charges pending.
The Fort Wayne Police Department’s FACT team was requested to process the accident scene, which is standard protocol for an incident of this type.
The intersection of S. Anthony Boulevard and E. Rudisill Boulevard remained closed while the scene was investigated.

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

Man arrested for marijuana sales

FORT WAYNE—On Feb. 21, Officers of the Vice and Narcotics Bureau went on out seeking Travon Demetrius Russell who had three outstanding warrants stemming from a drug raid at 336 1/2 W Packard on Dec. 23, 2013 in which a large quantity of marijuana as well as several handguns were taken in that raid. At that time Trevon Russell was taken into custody and charged with maintaining a common nuisance, dealing marijuana and possession of marijuana.

Warrants,however, were filed when Travon Russell failed to appear at his court hearing on this matter. While checking out addresses where Travon Russell was known to stay Detective Sergeant Stier spotted Travon in a van driving eastbound on Third Street and followed it until uniform Detective Michael Long Sr. was able to stop the vehicle in the 300 block of Superior. Travon Russell was taken into custody without incident. Det. Long, however, found a large bag of an off white crystalline substance in a bag located in Russell’s underwear. The substance weighed slightly over one-half ounce and tested positive for MDMA or commonly called “moly” or “ecstasy” on the street. MDMA is listed as a Schedule 1 Narcotic in the State of Indiana. Russell was given an additional charge for possession of a Schedule 1 substance in addition to his numerous warrants.

The investigation is ongoing.

Pedestrian struck in fatal vehicle accident

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 6:15 a.m., Feb. 22, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 4900 block of Lima Road reference a critical injury crash involving a pedestrian. Officers arrived on scene and located the victim lying in the middle of the roadway. The victim was unconscious and unresponsive when officers located her. The officers immediately rendered medical aid to the victim until paramedics arrived. Paramedics and fire personnel pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

Preliminary reports indicate the victim was walking southbound in the far west travel lane of southbound Lima Road. It appears due to dark lighting conditions and the victim wearing all dark clothing, the driver of the vehicle was unable to see the victim walking in the middle of the roadway.

The driver of the vehicle was on scene when officers arrived and was interviewed by investigators. It does not appear alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Southbound Lima Road remained closed to all traffic between Progress Road and Production Road while the Fatal Crash Team (F.A.C.T) investigated the incident and processed the scene.

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

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


Accidental fatal shooting

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 8:04 p.m., Feb. 22, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at a home in the 1400 block of Landers Court. Upon arrival, Officers located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers provided first aid to the victim, until the victim, later identified as Thomas E. Minton, 48, was declared deceased by medics.

The initial investigation reveals that the adult male was selling a handgun to a family member, when the handgun accidentally discharged, striking the male in the chest, killing him.

There is no foul play suspected, and no charges are pending; this appears purely accidental.

Death Investigation

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 3:45 p.m., Feb. 26,, the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority responded to the 2800 block of Windrush Drive in reference to an unresponsive three-month-old infant. Paramedics arrived and transported the infant to a local hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital, the infant was pronounced deceased by a physician.

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.

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

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