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Robbers use zip ties in separate Fort Wayne business attacks

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Thursday, December 19, 2013 11:03 am
The Fort Wayne Police Department is investigating two Wednesday robberies in which the attackers tied up employees.An FWPD officer was dispatched to Subway, 3526 N. Anthony Blvd., at 6:15 a.m., according to an incident report provided by the police department. The officer was met by an officer from the IPFW police department, who found the employee bound with zip ties and had freed her.

The investigators were told that the employee was working alone and in a back room when she heard the doorbell ring; when she came forward, she saw two men at the front counter. One of the men had a gun. The robbers demanded that the employee open the safe, but she explained that she couldn’t access it. She was then ordered to place the contents of the cash register into a black bag. The robbers threatened to kill her during the incident, according to the report.

The men used zip ties to tie the woman’s hands behind her back and left.

Suspect descriptions are as follows:

One man was wearing a dark, blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, with a black cloth covering his head, face and neck. The second man was reported to be wearing a lighter sweatshirt and blue jeans, also with a black cloth covering his head, face and neck. Both men were wearing black gloves and had handguns.

Officers were dispatched to AutoZone, 1310 Coliseum Blvd. N., where they were told a man armed with a 9 mm handgun walked in shortly before closing time, which would have been 10 p.m., and ordered the employee to the floor while a second robber entered the store. After restraining the employee with zip ties, the robbers reportedly took rolls of nickels, dimes and quarters, as well as cash from the register. No arrests have been made.


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