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Fort Wayne and area police briefs

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 9:09 am

Man charged in attempted carjacking with paintball gun

A West Lafayette man threatened a woman with a paintball gun and tried to steal her car Dec. 7 in New Haven, according to court documents.

Eric G. Bowman, 26, faces a felony charge of attempted carjacking, according to papers filed in Allen Superior Court. He was being held in the Allen County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond, according to the documents.

At an unspecified time Dec. 7, a woman told New Haven police her black 2013 Nissan was coming to a stop at a traffic light on westbound Lincoln Highway at Hartzell Road when a red Ford van cut in front of her car.

After the woman honked her horn, a Bowman got out of the van and approached her car, according to papers filed in Allen Superior Court. When she lowered her window, the Bowman allegedly pointed what appeared to be a handgun at her and repeatedly yelled "get out of the car" at her, the papers said.

Bowman allegedly reached into the woman's car and tried to take the keys but was unable to find any keys because the car had a push-button ignition. He then ran back to the Econoline van and fled the scene, the papers said.

Fort Wayne Police later found Bowman parked at a Walgreen's store, trying to remove the license plate from the van, which belonged to his mother, according to the documents.

In an interview with police, Bowman said he wanted to steal a vehicle and use it to kill himself, according to the documents. He also admitted he pointed the paintball gun at the woman, but said it was not loaded, the papers said.

3 detained in connection with dozen-plus vehicle break-ins

Two adults and a 14-year-old boy were taken into custody early Thursday morning after allegedly breaking into more than 15 vehicles overnight near North Webster, according to a Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department news release

Deputies arrested the three after an off-duty North Webster police officer saw them allegedly breaking into a vehicle at around 3:37 a.m., according to the release. The North Webster officer chased the fleeing subjects and apprehended one. Arriving sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter in the area of EMS W 22 lane as detectives arrived. Deputies found the other two suspects in the 5400 block of North County Road 900 east and took them to the sheriff’s department.

Detectives arrested Michael Alan Rockey, 18, of Cromwell, and Ryan D. Silliman, 19, of North Webster, and preliminarily charged both with felony theft, according to the releease They were being held in lieu of $2,000 bonds each. The 14-year-old was taken to the Pierceton Woods Juvenile Center for detainment. His information was forwarded to the Kosciusko County Probation Department.

Sheriff’s detectives stated that it appears that 15-20 vehicles had been illegally entered overnight in the same general area on the south side of Webster Lake, according to the release. At least 10 of the vehicles had items taken, including cellphones, GPS devices and power tools.

The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office along with the North Webster Police Department also assisted with county officers on the investigation, which is continuing.