Fort Wayne Police seek duo in connection with kidnapping/robbery
Detectives with the Fort Wayne Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman seen in the two surveillance photographs who are wanted in connection with a home invasion and kidnapping last week. They used a credit card at a local retail store that was taken from victims in the Dec. 19 incident, according to police.
According to police reports the following occurred in the home invasion and kidnapping:
Police were called at 11:07 p.m. to a Coldwater Road gas station where a man said he had been robbed in his home in the 400 block of Sunrise Court and that his wife had been kidnapped.
Police had found the wife in her Jeep Wrangler, which was being driven by Myron Banks, 32, of the 1700 block of Reed Road. Police made a traffic stop of the Jeep near Hessen Cassel Road and Maplegrove Avenue, and Banks got out and fled. After jumping several fences police captured him in the 4800 block of Hessen Cassel.
“I observed that Myron had a black ski-mask around his neck, similar to the ones reported to be on the suspects.”
Police found several credit and identification cards related to the victims where Banks had fallen near a fence.
Banks faces several charges in Allen Superior Court, according to online court records:
• Burglary with a deadly weapon, a Level 2 felony
• 2 counts of armed robbery, both Level 3 felonies
• Kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon, a Level 3 felony
• Two counts of criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon, both Level 3 felonies
• Resisting law enforcement by fleeing
Also, according to the police reports:
The husband said he and his wife had returned home at 9:45 p.m. and had found the door unlocked. They were attacked by three men who all were wearing gloves with masks covering their faces.
One of the men screamed, “You got money! Give us the money!”
The husband said the men seemed to know they worked at El Paraiso, a supermarket/taqueria, and “the men were wanting the money from the business. … (and) stated that his wife told them that if they didn’t hurt him that she would take them to the restaurant.”
The husband was taped around his wrists and ankles to a chair in the kitchen. He was then placed in the laundry room.
“He said that he had a gun held to his head and heard one of them tell his wife that if they don’t give them the money they would kill him.”
The thieves took two wallets, cash and a silver iPhone from him. When things got quiet he chewed through his restraints and went outside to find his wife’s Jeep Wrangler gone. He couldn’t get any answers to his knocks on neighbors’ doors so he drove to the gas station to call police.
Police found pry marks on the back door of the home. A police officer saw the Jeep drive past El Paraiso that led to the suspect’s arrest.
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Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 260-436-STOP (260-436-7867).