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Last updated: Tue. Dec. 18, 2012 - 09:37 am EDT

Fort Wayne and area police briefs

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Man charged with theft and battery

A Fort Wayne man was charged with battery and attempted theft after he allegedly tried to take money from an auto dealership and fought with the owner.

Rodney C. Gray, 61, of the 300 block West Oakdale Drive has been charged with battery and attempted theft.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, the charges stem from a Dec. 11 incident at Ultimate Auto Deals. Gray asked about a possible car for sale. According to the business owner the car was not for sale, and Gray left, but then allegedly re-entered the business, went into the empty cashier's office and took money from the register, according to the affidavit. The owner alleges he saw what was happening on a security camera and called 911. The owner then tried to stop Gray from leaving at which time Gray allegedly punched him in the left side of his face. The two men struggled and ended up outside the business where other employees intervened; Gray allegedly then pulled a knife and pointed it at the employees, according to the affidavit. He escaped onto South Lafayette Street near Decatur Road where he allegedly tried to climb into a truck stopped at a light, but the driver slammed the door and started to drive away. Gray then tried to climb onto the back to the truck but couldn't because it was moving and he was dragged a short distance, according to the affidavit.

When police arrived the employees had Gray in custody. The owner said $200 was missing from the register. Gray allegedly told police he was a thief, not a stick-up man and that the knife he carried was a very small knife, according to the affidavit. No money was found on Gray, and he allegedly told police it never left the room.

The owner was taken to Parkview Hospital for dizziness, allegedly from the blow to the head and he also had a 2- to 3-inch laceration on his hand that he couldn't remember getting, according to the affidavit.

Man charged with criminal recklessness and battery

A Fort Wayne has been charged with criminal recklessness and battery after allegedly struck one of his children with a bat during a drunken scuffle.

According to an affidavit for probable cause, on Dec. 11, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance and a man with a bat. While enroute to the call the officers were alerted that the man, identified in court records as Tyrone Jones, 41, 1100 block of Wabash Avenue, had left on foot; he was apprehended close by.

Officers then spoke with a woman who alleged Jones had come home drunk after playing poker all night and started arguing with their children, who were sleeping on a mattress on the living room floor, according to the affidavit. The woman said she came out of her bedroom and asked him to stop; when he wouldn't she got a softball bat that the two fought over and he took it away, according to the affidavit. While she was on the phone with police, Jones allegedly swung the bat, striking one of the children in the left arm, according to an affidavit. Another child allegedly witnessed the assault.

Flatbed overturns; road closed

A flatbed trailer hauling sand overturned early Tuesday morning on Indiana 101 at Gar Creek, blocking both lanes, according to police scanner traffic. Indiana State Police was responding to the scene after numerous calls were received at around 6:15 a.m. The driver appeared to be uninjured. The road was closed until after 9 a.m.


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