A 19-year-old man who badgered, pummeled and robbed an 80-year-old woman has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.
Zachery A. Doan of the 800 block of Lavina Street had pleaded guilty to robbery, a Class A felony, and burglary, a Class B felony, based on a March 10 attack.
According to court documents, Doan had multiple contacts with the victim early that evening, asking to use the bathroom and to borrow a gas can. He was known to her only as the nephew of her next-door neighbors, and she reluctantly granted his requests. She stopped allowing him into her home mid-evening, then she said he forced a door open and broke in.
According to the probable-cause affidavit, Doan beat her face and head severely with his closed fist. Police said that a purse containing about $100 and cell phone were missing after the attack.
The victim called for help and was aided by Doan's aunt and uncle from next door. At Lutheran Hospital, doctors said one of the victim's eyes was “pulverized” and would be removed. The other eye appeared to have a detached retina, and it was uncertain whether she would regain vision in that eye. Doan was credited for 136 days already served in jail toward his sentence. He was ordered to pay restitution of $21,470.
For stealing a purse from a woman who gave her a lift, a Fort Wayne woman brought a 20-year prison term on herself. Yvonne M. Broadnax, 37, of the 2500 block of Euclid Avenue, was sentenced on Friday in Allen Superior Court to 20 years in prison for robbery, a Class B felony.
According to court documents, she robbed a woman on the morning of March 12 after the victim gave her a ride. The victim stopped to drop off Broadnax east of Pontiac Street and Anthony Boulevard, then Broadnax grabbed her purse and eventually wrested it from the victim's grip, according to investigators. In the course of the robbery, Broadnax threatened to “cut” the victim, the victim told police.
What helped Fort Wayne Police make the case against Broadnax was the fact that the victim left her cell phone, recording a video, on the dash of her car during the robbery. Its camera captured a clear image of Broadnax's face, an investigator wrote in the probable-cause affidavit.
Judge Fran Gull cited Broadnax's long criminal history – 10 felony convictions since 1995 – and her repeated failed attempts at rehabilitation in sentencing her to 20 years in prison. She first must finish a prior four-year sentence in a 2011 case for battery with a deadly weapon or resulting in serious injury.
That sentence could have been worse for Broadnax. A charge of being a habitual offender was dropped as part of a plea agreement in the case.
A Fort Wayne man was sentenced on Friday in Allen Superior Court to 22 years in prison for committing two robberies in two days in January.
Alexander A. White, 22, of the 3100 block of Vance Avenue, was sentenced to serve six years of a 10-year term for robbing a Handy Dandy store on Jan. 13 and to serve 12 years for robbing a Dollar General store the next day. Those sentences must be served one after the other. Although four years of his term for the first robbery were suspended, he must serve four years on probation as part of his punishment.
White netted less than $800 in the two robberies, according to the probable-cause affidavits, or less than $50 for each year of his prison term.
Fort Wayne Police report that a group of four people said they were robbed by four men early Friday near the Northside Park pool. They had a leather wallet, a bank debit card and prescription eyeglasses valued at $150 taken from them by the robbers.
Police said the victims described to robbers as black males. Three of the four were in their late teens or early 20s; the fourth was older, possibly in his 30s. All the men wore dark clothing; two wore black hoodies. The older robber wore his hair in what victims described as a short afro-type cut. The robbers had handguns, but the victims had some indication that they were fake plastic guns, like airsoft guns.
Three people were robbed by a group of five men at about 12:30 a.m. Friday morning, according to a report from Fort Wayne Police. The victims said they were confronted near the corner of Fairfield and Creighton avenues by five men, at least three of whom were armed with handguns.
The robbers ordered the victims to sit or to lie on the ground. The robbers took cigarettes, cell phones, a lighter and a pocket knife from them. The victims could not provide detailed descriptions of the suspects.