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Fort Wayne police and court briefs

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 8:47 am

Fight results in two arrests

Fort Wayne Police arrested a man allegedly carrying a concealed handgun after a report of a fight and three shots fired about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at a beer tent near Harrison and Columbia streets. Two other men reportedly were involved in the fight, and one was arrested after fleeing police.

Several officers responded to the incident and provided these details:

As they walked toward the beer tent, they heard a man say, "That guy has a gun!," and he pointed at a young man walking northwest from that area. A moment later, a woman made the same accusation, pointing out the same man, who she also said was wearing a red shirt.

Police Sgt. Trent Farrell reported seeing the man, later identified as Caleb Castillo, 21, of the 5600 block of Woodshire Drive, reach for and touch something in the front waistband of his pants, a frequent nervous habit of someone carrying a gun.

Police followed Castillo and ordered him to stop and put up his hands, but he kept walking toward a parked car. Castillo reportedly walked behind the car, where he allegedly started to pull something from his pants waistband.

Castillo reportedly continued to ignore officers' commands to stop what he was doing. Farrell yelled to other officers that Castillo appeared to have a black handgun in his hand, and that Farrell would shoot him as he came around the car.

After hearing that, Castillo allegedly dropped a black, 9-millimeter Glock handgun at the back of the car and put up his hands. Officers then arrested him. He was arrested on preliminary charges of carrying a handgun without a license and public intoxication.

Additional officers also pursued two other men allegedly involved in the fight, who reportedly were walking north on Harrison Street.

Both initially ignored officers' demands to stop. After an officer pointed his gun at them, one man, identified as Rodney Stephens, stopped and complied with police orders to get on the ground.

The other man, later identified as Stephens' younger brother Rashaan, 19, of the 800 block of River Oak Run, reportedly ignored officers' commands and ran. He ended up in an area around the Allen County Jail from which he could not escape, police said.

Officers ordered him to lie on his stomach on the ground, but he allegedly refused. Police then wrestled him to the ground, where he reportedly continued to struggle against them. Police used a Taser on him and eventually were able to handcuff him.

Rashaan Stephens was arrested on preliminary charges of fleeing, resisting arrest and illegal possession of alcohol. Rodney Stephens was not charged.

Man with knife arrested

A man carrying a large hunting knife under his sweat pants was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after he allegedly refused to leave a motel bar and fought with a Fort Wayne Police officer in the motel lobby.

Police provided these details:

Joseph A. Tidwell, of the 3300 block of Coliseum Boulevard West, reportedly was intoxicated when police arrived at the Regency Inn in the 1000 block of Coliseum Boulevard West. When Officer Matthew Cline tried to talk with him, Tidwell reportedly ran unsteadily toward the lobby front door.

Tidwell, who was not a registered guest at the Regency Inn, then allegedly turned around and began acting aggressively toward Cline, who had followed him. To protect himself, Cline kicked Tidwell in the upper thigh and used a Taser on him. The Taser didn't make good contact with Tidwell and was ineffective. Cline then wrestled Tidwell to the ground, where he used the Taser again when Tidwell refused orders not to move. Cline also was able to call for additional officers.

After handcuffing Tidwell, police found the hunting knife in his pants while checking him for weapons. Police also learned Tidwell had been permanently banned from the property on Aug. 28, 2012.

Tidwell was arrested on preliminary charges of fleeing, physically resisting law enforcement, public intoxication and criminal trespass.

Pursuit results in arrest

A high-speed chase on Fort Wayne's south side about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday resulted in the driver being being arrested and facing four criminal charges.

The chase began when the driver, Pierre D. Burdette, 24, of the 900 block of Arbordale Place, allegedly disregarded a stop sign to turn into a liquor store parking lot at Anthony Boulevard and Paulding Road, an affidavit filed in the case said. The Fort Wayne Police detective pursuing him had followed the black Jaguar Burdette was driving after seeing it traveling at a high speed and weaving in and out of traffic on Anthony north of Pettit Avenue.

The pursuit went east on Paulding Road, down several residential streets and ended up at Anthony and Tillman Road, the affidavit said. Officers halted the pursuit near Tillman Road because of the dangerous speed, which reached more than 80 mph.

Using the license plate number, police contacted the car owner, who said her daughter had been using the car and she told police the apartment complex where her daughter lived, police said. Police reported finding the Jaguar backed into a car port and used a K9 unit to follow the suspect's tracks to the daughter's apartment.

Police learned Burdette was not there, but were told he was working at a local warehouse on Bluffton Road. Police found Burdette there, and he had the Jaguar keys with him.

Burdette was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement using a vehicle, driving while suspended, disregarding a stop sign and a window tint violation.

Man charged with rape

A man was charged with rape Wednesday for allegedly touching a 15-year-old girl inappropriately and for reportedly previously making her to undress and then forcing himself on her.

About 3 p.m. Sunday, Paris R. Patmon, 28, of the 1800 block of Fox Point Trail, allegedly accosted the victim in the main downstairs hallway of the apartment building where she lives, an affidavit filed in the case said. Her grabbed her arm, shoved her against the wall and touched and groped her.

When asked by police if this had happened previously, the girl said about two to four weeks earlier, Patmon allegedly lured the girl to the basement of the apartment building, the affidavit said. He forced her to undress, undressed himself and then forced her into a chair, where he tried to have sex with her. She broke free and went to her apartment.

On Tuesday, Patmon notified police he wanted to turn himself in and make a statement, and he came in about 5 p.m., the affidavit said. He denied the girl's allegations, but allegedly failed a voice-stress lie detector test. Police then took him to jail.

Sex offender sentenced

A homeless man was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday in Allen Superior Court after being charged with failing to register as a convicted sexual or violent offender.

Farrish L. Brewer, 36, allegedly registered with the Allen County Sheriff's Department on March 18 but failed to provide a new address after reportedly being kicked out of that residence March 29, an affidavit filed in the case said.

Brewer was convicted in December 2006 of criminal deviate conduct and in April 2010 of failing to register as a convicted sexual offender, the affidavit said.

Parenting help offered

The Great Kids Make Great Communities program and Allen County Public Library's Summer Reading Program will partner to offer three sessions to help parents develop successful children.

The free programs are open to any interested parents in the community, a news release said. Parents are asked to preregister at www.greatkidsallencounty.org/read or by calling 499-7272.

The programs all will be offered at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. each date in Meeting Room A at the downtown Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza:

July 28: The importance of having children involved in activities

Aug. 4: Setting boundaries and expectations

Aug. 11: Parenting in the Digital Age