News release from the Fort Wayne Police Department:
Life Threatening Battery Investigation
Date: March 7, 2020
Time: 10:25 am
Location: Apple Glen Wal-Mart Parking Lot
Victim: Adult Male (Life Threatening Injuries)
Suspect/strong>: Adult Male White Subject wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and wearing a black ski mask last seen leaving the scene in a burgundy Chevy Impala with a cracked windshield and spoiler on the rear of the vehicle. The license plate had been removed and the vehicle was last seen in Wells County. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.
On March 7, 2020 at approx 10:25 am Officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the parking lot of the Apple Glen Wal-Mart in reference to a report of a suspicious person that was driving around the parking lot in a Burgundy Chevy Impala wearing a black ski mask.
Prior to Officers arrival on scene they were advised that the suspect was now hitting a subject in the parking lot with a baseball bat and the victim was now on the ground and the suspect was still hitting the victim.
As Officers were getting close to the area they were advised that the suspect had gotten back into the car and was heading towards the area of the Best Buy and was seen heading out onto Jefferson Blvd.
As a Fort Wayne Detective was coming into the area he observed the vehicle and the driver was still wearing the ski mask. The Detective attempted to stop the vehicle and the suspect began to speed up and elude the Detective. The Detective was not able to keep up with the vehicle and terminated his pursuit. The vehicle information was passed on to all Neighboring Counties and Wells County advised that they were trying to stop the vehicle in their County and were unable to as well.
As Officers began to speak with witnesses they were advised that the suspect first appeared to have possibly struck the victim with the car and then exited the vehicle and began to strike the victim with a black in color baseball bat.
The victim was transported to a local hospital with Non-Life Threatening Injuries and upon his arrival at the hospital his condition was downgraded to Life Threatening Injuries.
At this time the Fort Wayne Police Department Homicide Division and Crime Scene Technicians were called to the scene. Detectives began speaking with any witnesses as well as gather any possible video from any of the near by stores in the complex.
Detectives are asking that if anyone has any information regarding this incident to please contact Fort Wayne Police Department Detective Bureau at 427-1201 or Allen County Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.
Again Detectives are advising anyone that may come into contact with this suspect consider him armed and dangerous
This incident is being investigated by the Fort Wayne Police Department, and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.