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Fort Wayne police and area briefs

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:01 am
Fort Wayne Police responded shortly after midnight Sunday to an armed robbery at Barr Street and Wildwood Avenue.According to the police report, the victim was sitting outside with his nephew when a dark-colored Pontiac Grand Prix pulled up, two occupants exited the vehicle and approached him. The victim thought the men — one a white man, 5-foot-8, clean-shaven, wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts and the other a stocky black man about the same height and wearing the same type of clothing — were friends of his nephew. Both men also wore black-fitted hats.

The victim then reported the black man pulled out a large black semi-automatic handgun as he approached. The white man stayed down by the sidewalk and had a small black semi-automatic handgun. The victim's white gold necklace and two rings were taken during the robbery.Fort Wayne Police responded Sunday to an armed robbery in the 3300 block of Indiana Avenue. The victim said she had pulled up in front of a residence when a dark vehicle pulled up on the opposite side of the street, parked, got out and approached her. The black man pointed and touched a gun to her chest, while the white man pointed a gun at her back. The white man then walked to her passenger door. The victim said her purse and cell phone were taken during the robbery. The two men returned to their vehicle and took Indiana Avenue to Broadway. The victim followed the car northbound on Broadway and then eastbound onto West Jefferson Boulevard. She thought they noticed her, so she turned off. She saw them throwing papers out of the window, assuming they were from her purse. She drove to a gas station in her neighborhood and called police. She was able to give police a license plate number from the men's car.Criminal charges were filed against a man for burglary in Noble Circuit Court.

Michael S. Jones, 31, of the 100 block of Lovette Street, Wolcottville, is charged with two separate burglary charges, each a Class B felony. Jones is accused of breaking and entering on Nov. 18, 2013 a dwelling on Lake Side Drive in Rome City, stealing items from inside the residence as well as breaking and entering on June 29 a dwelling on North Shore Drive in Rome City, stealing items from inside the residence.

Jones was arrested July 1, and pretrial conference takes place Aug. 28 in Noble Circuit Court.Fort Wayne Police patrolling the southeast quadrant of the city encountered a speeding motorcyclist about 8:46 p.m. Monday as he traveled westbound on East Pettit Avenue near the 1100 block. The report said police estimated he was traveling more than 40 mph in a 30 mph zone, and observed the motorcycle had no license plate.

Police pursued the motorcycle as it turned northbound onto Weisser Park Avenue, then turned eastbound onto East Sherwood Terrace without using a right turn signal. The driver of the motorcycle then turned southbound into the north/south alley just east of the 4600 block of Weisser Park Avenue without activating a turn signal. The driver then entered the grass to a back yard of the same block. Police then engaged in foot pursuit with the driver. After hearing a collision from the southwest side of a home in the 4600 block of Weisser Park Avenue, police found a black motorcycle on the ground with pieces of a broken white fence around it. The driver sprinted west, and police continued to chase him around the homes on that block. One police officer was injured as he jumped a fence, receiving a laceration on the left hand between the index and middle finger and receiving two scratches.

The driver surrendered and was taken into custody, where he was initially held on charges of resisting law enforcement, fleeing in a motor vehicle, resisting law enforcement, fleeing on foot with injury to officer and leaving the scene of a property damage vehicle accident.Fort Wayne Police responded to a previous armed robbery Monday in the 3900 block of Mound Pass. A woman said her son was robbed at gunpoint and then pistol whipped about 4 or 5 p.m. Sunday near Kinsmoor Avenue. The victim said someone pointed a black snub nose at his head and hit him with it and robbed him.Fort Wayne Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 3:39 a.m. Sunday in the 3500 block of South Monroe Street. First-arriving crews found heavy smoke and fire from three sides of the house. Crews aggressively extinguished the fire from the exterior until they could make entry to search for occupants. Primary and secondary searches of the basement, first floor and second floor were completed and no one was found. The fire had burnt through the first and second floors compromising the integrity of the structure. No injuries were reported as a result of this fire. Fire is still under investigation.Allen County Highway Department announced Yellow River Road between O'Day and Bass roads will be closed 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday to install a storm pipe.


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