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N. Manchester man arrested during armed break-in

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 1:24 pm

Kosciusko County deputies arrested a North Manchester man at gunpoint Monday after officers allegedly caught him breaking into his ex-girlfriend's residence with a firearm, the Kosciusko Sheriff's Department reported Tuesday.

Deputies responded Monday afternoon to a report of a possible burglary in progress just west of Pierceton. Sgt. Floyd Knafel arrived at the house and immediately noticed a shattered door. Moments later a suspect, identified as Troy Michael Frieden, 38, of North Manchester, left the home covered in blood and was held at gunpoint until taken into custody by Cpl. Chris Rager. Frieden was found to have in his possession two handguns – a .22-caliber Browning and a 9-mm Smith & Wesson.

Sheriff's Department detectives said that Frieden had apparently broken into the residence through a garage entry door and sliced his hand in the process. Once inside the home, Frieden allegedly had discharged one weapon into the engine compartment of the victim's vehicle that was parked inside the garage, they said. Frieden then went through the house looking for his ex-girlfriend, leaving a trail of blood splatters throughout, they said. Frieden also broke several glass objects inside the residence as well as fired rounds into two televisions, they said, but the victim vas not at the home.

Frieden is being held in the Kosciusko County Jail; detectives said they are seeking potential charges of felony burglary with a deadly weapon, intimidation with a firearm, and criminal recklessness. The Sheriff's Department was assisted during the investigation by the Winona Lake Police Department and the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office.