Four juveniles were detained after police followed footprints from an armed robbery to a home where they refused to come out.
At around 8:20 p.m. Saturday, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 3300 block of Bowser Avenue in reference to an armed robbery. The victim said he was getting out of his vehicle and was approached by four male subjects, according to police spokesman Officer Jason Anthony. One of them displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victim's personal belongings. The four ran southbound on Bowser with the victim's wallet and cellphone.
Additional officers arrived and began tracking footprints in the fresh snow. The footprints led the officers to a residence in the 3500 block of Bowser Avenue, according to Anthony. Officers tried to make contact with the people inside the residence and they refused to open the door or leave the residence, according to Anthony.
At around 10:16 p.m., the Emergency Services Team (EST) and Crisis Response Team were called to help get the barricaded subjects out. At around 12:36 a.m., four juveniles inside the residence complied with verbal commands from EST members and came out of the residence. They were detained without incident and no injuries were reported, Anthony said. EST members cleared the interior of the residence and no other subjects were found inside.
The four juveniles were taken to the detective bureau for an interview. Afterward they were taken to the Allen County Juvenile Justice Center and each charged with a single count of armed robbery, according to Anthony. Because they are juveniles, their names were not released. Police had no additional details regarding this investigation.
This incident remains under investigation by police and the Allen County prosecutor's office.