Crime & Safety reports: March 26-April 1 edition

| March 26, 2014

FWPD seeking officer candidates

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department will be actively seeking qualified candidates for a future academy class in 2015. The application process will begin on March 15, 2014 and run through May 1, 2014.

Interested candidates can apply online by visiting one of two web sites:



General standards include:

• Pre-Employment Physical Fitness Test

—Sit-ups: 25 or more (in one minute or less)

—Push-ups: 21 or more (“male-style” without stopping )

—Vertical jump: 14″ or higher (three attempts allowed)

—300 Meter Run: 82 seconds (or less)

—1 1/2 Mile Run: 17 minutes and 30 seconds (or less) (Physical Standards increase prior to exit of the Basic Recruit Class)

• 21-35 years of age at the time of appointment.

• U.S. Citizen.

• High school diploma, the equivalent, or a G.E.D.; education beyond high school preferred.

• Correctable vision to 20-30 in each eye.

• Physically and mentally able to perform essential job functions of the patrol officer position.

• Good moral character and free of any convictions involving felonious criminal activity or domestic battery.

• Meet residency requirements consistent with Indiana statute (live in Allen County or adjacent Indiana county).

• Indiana motor vehicle operator’s license required.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

• Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to serve others.

Drug use policy:

• No marijuana use within three years;

• No other illegal drug use (including anabolic steroids) within 10 years;

• Never sold, distributed, manufactured or transported any illegal drug; and

•Never used a prescription drug or legally obtainable substance in a manner for which it was not intended within three years.

Woman found unconscious outside

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 12:30 a.m., March 16, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 3500 block of Harris Road in reference to a “man down” investigation. As officers and paramedics arrived on the scene, they located an unconscious female laying outside near a parking lot. Paramedics provided medical attention to the female before transporting her to a local hospital listed in critical condition. The identity of the female is being withheld pending family notification.

Police and medical officials later determined that the female found down in the 3500 of Harris Road  March 16, 2014 was not a victim of a crime but her condition was medical in nature.

Man arrested for Meijer theft, back child support

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department has been seeking information about incidences of theft and attempted theft at the Meijer located on Illinois Road.

According to a police report, upon arrival, the investigating officer spoke with the store’s loss prevention officer, who told the officer that a white male had attempted to take three car batters and two shirts out of the store. The loss prevention officer estimated the value of the items to be worth about $350. The loss prevention told the investigating officer that he confronted the suspect but the man ran out, leaving the merchandise and leaving the premises in a grey/silver Ion with a donut spare as one of its rear tires.

William David Whetsel Jr.

William David Whetsel Jr.

William David Whetsel Jr.

William David Whetsel Jr.

Police released two photographs of the suspect to ask for public assistance in identifying. The man subsequently was identified as William David Whetsel Jr.,39, of Fort Wayne.

Whetsel is presently in the Allen County Lock-up facility on two active warrants for back child support) and will be facing a misdemeanor theft charge for his involvement in the Meijer store incident.

Barricade incident ends with arrest

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 2:47 a.m., March 21, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department attempted to serve a felony warrant on a subject who was identified as 24 year old Larry Hayden Jr. at a residence located in the 2500 block of Thompson Avenue.

Officers on the scene said that Hayden told them that he was armed with a weapon and refused to come outside and surrender to police. At that time, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Departments Emergency Services Team and Crisis Response Team were called to the scene. Members with the Crisis Response Team attempted for several hours to make contact with Hayden but was unsuccessful at which time officers administered tear gas into the residence. A short time later, Hayden exited the residence and surrendered to police. Hayden was then taken into custody.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutors Office.

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