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Fort Wayne area police briefs

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 11:18 am

Second set of brothers face drug charges in stabbing investigation

A second set of brothers has been charged in connection with a Wednesday night Warsaw-area stabbing case.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department charged Andres Oscar Cervantes, 36, and Armando Rene Cervantes, also 36, of the 300 block of North Columbia Street in Warsaw on preliminary charges of possession of marijuana. They were each being held in Kosciusko County Jail in lieu of $450 bond.

During the investigation of the stabbing, officers used a search warrant on the Cervantes' residence, where they believed the stabbing suspect was hiding. They arrested the suspect, Juan Carlos Alvarado, 25, of Milford, and allegedly found 11/4 pounds of marijuana, along with several devices used to smoke marijuana/paraphernalia and the knife that investigators believe was used in the stabbing, according to sheriff's department spokesman 1st Sgt. Chad D. Hill.

The case began when sheriff's deputies and emergency staff had responded to a 9-1-1 call on a possible shooting at 9:03 p.m. Wednesday in the Suburban Acres Mobile Home Park, in the 3600 block of N. County Road 175 East, according to Hill.

Officers found Ruben Enciso, 39, with about 14 stab wounds. Emergency workers later spotted a second victim, the stabbing suspects brother, Hugo Alvarado, 33, of Milford, lying in a ditch area about 150 feet from the stabbing scene. He had an apparent leg fracture and contusion to his head.

Enciso and Hugo Alvarado were taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Juan Alvarado was taken to the Kosciusko County Jail and preliminarily charged with felony attempted murder with a knife in connection with the case.

Detectives said the Alvarado brothers had arrived at the residence earlier and confronted Enciso in a back bedroom where he was subsequently stabbed during a domestic dispute, according to Hill.

Warsaw man faces gun-related charge

A Warsaw man was faces various charges after an early morning domestic battery involving a handgun.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department deputies and Warsaw officers responded at 1:21 a.m. to Westhaven Estates Mobile Home Park, in the 3700 block of West Old Road 30 in Warsaw after receiving a report of shots fired.

Officers were directed to another mobile home lot where a female victim had fled from the apparent shooter, said sheriff's department spokesman 1st Sgt. Chad Hill. The victim identified the man who discharged the firearm as Joseph Amanuel Hettinger, 33, according to Hill.

Officers took Hettinger into custody without incident.

Officers found several weapons at Hettinger's residence, one of those being a Springfield 9mm handgun that was apparently fired three times in an unknown direction, according to Hill.

Both the victim and suspect were bleeding and had minor injuries resulting from an earlier domestic dispute that escalated to a physical fight, according to Hill The victim said she had fled the residence after comments that Hettinger allegedly had made that placed her in fear of her life, according to Hill. According to witnesses, Hettinger had gone to the residence where she had sought shelter and made a threatening action with a 12 gauge shotgun to that homeowner, Hill said.

Deputies arrested Hettinger and preliminary charged him with felony domestic battery and two counts of felony intimidation with a deadly weapon. He is being held without bond on a prosecutorial hold by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office at the Kosciusko County Jail.