Burglary suspect refuses to leave home, forced out by Fort Wayne Police

A burglary suspect is in custody after holding Fort Wayne Police at bay for several hours.

Lovell Hamlet, 43, is charged with burglary, a Level 4 felony, and invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor.

Fort Wayne Police Department officers were investigating a burglary that had taken place at 5:20 p.m. Friday, when officers received information that the suspect in that burglary, Hamlet, was inside a residence in the 5000 block of Christopher Lane, according to police spokesman Chris Felton. Officers were able to confirm that Hamlet was inside this home, but he refused to come out.

Officers unsuccessfully tried to convince Hamlet to come out, so at 10:45 p.m. the Emergency Services Team and Crisis Response Team were called. Negotiators repeatedly tried to call Hamlet’s phone, while officers on the perimeter used loudspeakers to try to persuade Lovell to surrender, according to Felton. At some point, EST officers deployed a flashbang and at 12:24 a.m. Hamlet left the house and was taken into custody without incident.

Hamlet was taken to the detective bureau and interviewed by detectives before being transported to the Allen County Jail.