Crime & Safety Report: July 16-22 Edition

| July 16, 2014

Three charged in coordinated drug raids

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 7:42 a.m., July 3, the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Vice & Narcotics division, along with members of the FWPD Emergency Services Team simultaneously served two search warrants at two separate locations. Narcotics detectives received information that synthetic drugs were being sold and/or manufactured from 2737 West Washington Center Road and 1502 Third Street, and obtained search warrants for both locations.

During the service of the search warrant at 2737 West Washington Center Road, Lot 45, Jason L. Bloomfield, 29, confronted the FWPD Emergency Services Team with a machete and pocket knife and was hit with a .40 mm less-than-lethal foam baton round which immediately immobilize him. He was taken into custody without further incident.

During the search, detectives located a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Bloomfield subsequently was charged with:

• Four counts of dealing a synthetic drug or lookalike (Level 6);

• Possession of paraphernalia (Level 6);

• Maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6), and

• Possession of marijuana (Misdemeanor).

Bloomfield was taken to a local hospital and was treated and released.

An adult female and an infant less than one year old were also at this location. The adult female was not charged with any crime. The Indiana Department of Child Services was called to assist with this investigation, as was Fort Wayne Neighborhood Code.

During the service of the search warrant at 1502 Third St., detectives found money, two handguns, and a large amount of what appears to be a synthetic drug or lookalike, and drug paraphernalia at this location. Two subjects were taken into custody.

Christopher L. Bloomfield, 27,was charged with:

• Dealing a synthetic drug or lookalike (Level 6);

• Possession of paraphernalia (Level 6);

• Maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6), and

• Possession of marijuana (Misdemeanor).

Zachary S. Bloomfield, 19, was charged with:

• Dealing a synthetic drug or lookalike (Level 6);

• Maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6), and

• Possession of paraphernalia (Misdemeanor).

Two adult females and one juvenile were also at the residence and were not charged. Indiana Department of Child Services was called to assist with this investigation, as were Fort Wayne Neighborhood Code.

An investigation is ongoing.

 

Man dies of natural causes, not accident

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 8:30 a.m., July 7, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the area of Lake Avenue and Coliseum Boulevard on a report of a motor vehicle accident with injury.

 

On their arrival, officers were directed to two different accident scenes.

The first scene in 4300 block of Lake Avenue where officers observed a red Jeep that was overturned and still occupied by the victim. The victim, who apparently was the driver, later identified as Michael Eugene Perry, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene by fire and medical personnel.

The second accident scene involving the same vehicle was west of Coliseum on Lake Avenue. There investigators determined that the Jeep was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Lake Avenue when it left the south side of the roadway clipped the rear end of a stopped Citi-Link bus then impacted two street lights continuing east back onto the traveled portion of the roadway crossing over Coliseum Boulevard where it again left the roadway on the north side of Lake Avenue became airborne, then hitting a utility pole.

A later coroner’s reported later indicated that Perry died of natural causes and not injuries from the accident.

The Citi-Link bus did have passengers on board and medics were sent as precaution to check on their well-being.

Investigators interviewed a number of witnesses to this incident to help determine a cause. The Allen County Coroner’s office will release the name of the victim when appropriate to do so.

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

 

Trio busted in pot grow operation investigation

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 7:42 a.m., July 8, the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Vice & Narcotics division, along with members of the FWPD Emergency Services Team served a search warrant on a suspected marijuana grow operation at 4633 Arizona Ave. Narcotics detectives received information that there was a possible marijuana grow operation at this location and obtained a search warrant for the location.

Upon serving the search warrant, detectives found suspect Adam T. Uebelhoer, 22, at the residence. Detectives also found evidence of a marijuana grow operation throughout the house. Detectives seized 105 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $126,000, two long guns, a small amount of cash, drug paraphernalia, multiple grow lights and other grow equipment.

Uebelhoer subsequently was charged with:

• Dealing (Manufacturing) marijuana (Level 6);

• Maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6), and

• Possession of paraphernalia (Misdemeanor).

A second suspect, 23, Daniel A. Demerly, was already incarcerated in the Allen County Jail on an unrelated matter at the time of the raid. As a result of the raid, however, Demerly also was charged with:

Dealing (Manufacturing) marijuana (Level 6);

• Possession of paraphernalia (Level 6), and

• Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Level 6).

During this search warrant service, detectives were assisted by members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Fort Wayne Neighborhood Code and Fort Wayne Animal Control.

An investigation is ongoing.

 

Man found dead in car

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 6:25 p.m., July 7, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 2200 block of Edsall Ave on an unknown problem. A caller told dispatchers an unknown male was inside his car, which was parked in a parking lot in this hundred block, and appeared deceased. Officers arrived along with paramedics, who pronounced the male, later identified as William R. Davila, 43, deceased.

Initially, the investigation was treated as a suspicious death investigation but a later report indicated that foul play was not suspected.

The 2200 block of Edsall Ave remained closed during the investigation.

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 included the City of Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

 

Police investigate Lillie Street shooting

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 2:18 a.m., July 10, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 4000 block of Lillie Street on a reported shooting. Officers arrived on scene and found an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Paramedics arrived and determined the male to be in serious condition. Medics transported the male to a local hospital, where he was downgraded to critical condition.

Preliminary information indicates the victim was outside of a residence in the 4000 block of Lillie Street, when gunfire erupted, striking the man. The only suspect information at this time is that a light colored SUV may be involved in this incident.

Detectives are currently interviewing potential witnesses and nearby neighbors. Crime Scene Technicians are processing the scene and collecting evidence. There is no other information available at this time. It is too early to determine what led up to the shooting, or if any gang activity played a role. Detectives are hoping to speak with the victim at the earliest opportunity.

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.

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

 

23-year-old dies in motorcycle accident

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 2:58 a.m., July 10, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 8500 block of Coldwater Road on a report of an accident involving a motorcycle. Officers arrived and located an adult male in critical condition. Paramedics arrived and transported the male, later identified as Justin Seyfert, 23, to a local hospital in critical condition. Officials report that Seyfert died later that day.

The investigation so far has revealed that Seyfert, was riding a motorcycle southbound on Coldwater Road at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate the curve in the roadway, and ended up going off of the west side of the roadway. Seyfert was thrown from the motorcycle and landed several yards from the motorcycle.

There were no other vehicles or objects struck in the crash, and no other persons involved. It is too early to determine if alcohol played a role, and at this time it does not appear that Seyfert was wearing a helmet.

The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department FACT team.

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

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