Victims ID’d in reported drowning, motorcycle crash

The Allen County Coroner’s Office has identified the victims of two recent deaths.

Delonte Nelson, 2, of Fort Wayne died in a reported drowning incident at 9:38 p.m. Saturday in the 4600 block of Spatz Avenue, according to the Allen County coroner’s office. However, his cause of death – whether it was drowning or something else that occurred – and manner of death- such as accident or homicide – are still pending.

According to a Fort Wayne Police report, Nelson was reported missing and was later found in an above-ground pool and not breathing. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later died.

In a separate case, Curt Mitchell Stiles, 53, of Monroeville, died in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon.

Stiles died as a result of blunt-force injuries in the crash that occurred at 4:20 p.m. Sunday at 18914 Gromeaux Road in Monroeville. His death is the 18th traffic fatality for Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2017.

These incidents remain under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the coroner’s office. <br>

<center> Suspect with teeth missing sought in robberies </center><br>

Fort Wayne Police responded to an attempted hotel robbery and an armed robbery of another hotel by a man with several missing front teeth, according to a police report.

The first call came in at 9:31 p.m. Saturday at Hampton Inn, 3520 E. Dupont Road, when a thin white man in his 40s went to the front desk and asked for change for a $100 bill. The man with short gray hair, a scruffy graying beard and several missing front teeth then spoke quietly, asking the employee to open the cash register.

He then lifted up his tan T-shirt and exposed his waistband, revealing a black handgun.

The employee told police the gunman never removed the gun, but she told the man she could not understand what he was saying to stall for time.

Customers began coming in at this time, forcing the man to back up and pat his clothing as if he was trying to find his wallet. He left the hotel without any money, the report said.

Police then responded to another attempted robbery at about 10:17 p.m. Saturday at Best Western, 5926 Cross Creek Blvd., where a man fitting the same description approached a woman doing laundry, asking her if she worked at the hotel and if she could help him at the front desk, the report said.

Once at the front desk, he told the woman he had a gun and wanted the money at the desk. She gave him an undisclosed amount of money, and the man left the hotel.

The woman described the man as a white man 35-45 years old, about 5-foot-6 with missing front teeth. She said he talked with a lisp and was wearing a gray T-shirt and baggy khaki cargo pants, the report said.