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Last updated: Thu. Aug. 21, 2014 - 09:54 pm EDT

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Police investigate 2 mysterious deaths

Within half an hour Friday evening, two men died in Fort Wayne. They reportedly knew each other, but neither showed obvious signs of trauma. Now investigators are trying to figure out what caused their deaths.

Fort Wayne Police report that at 5:51 p.m., a vehicle arrived at the St. Joseph Hospital emergency entrance, and the driver sought help from hospital staff. They determined a man inside the vehicle was in critical condition. The staff moved the victim into the emergency room and began treating him. The driver of the vehicle fled the hospital as soon as the victim was moved into the emergency room. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the victim was pronounced dead by a doctor.

At 6:13 p.m., Fort Wayne Police were called to an apartment in the 1200 block of Michigan Avenue on a report of an unconscious man. Police and medics found the man unresponsive and took him to a local hospital in critical condition. A doctor pronounced the man dead soon after he arrived at the hospital.

Detectives Friday were questioning a witness who was inside the apartment on Michigan Avenue where the second victim was located. Preliminary reports indicate the victims were acquaintances of one another, police said. Detectives stated neither victim had any visible signs of a traumatic injury that indicated it contributed to their deaths.

Police said they don't know whether the the two deaths are related or if they are criminal in nature.

The Allen County Coroner's Office will release the identities of both victims along with the cause and manner of their deaths.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

Man pleads guilty in Craigslist robberies

A Fort Wayne man accused of using Craigslist to arrange several robberies this year and in 2013 pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court Friday.

Tahj R. Thomas, 18, of Fort Wayne, pleaded guilty to five counts of robbery, a Class B felony, and one count of possession of a handgun with obliterated identification marks, a Class C felony. Under a plea agreement submitted with his plea, Thomas would not be sentenced to serve more than 50 years.

His sentencing is scheduled Sept. 22.

Man charged with child molesting, neglect

Investigators allege that a 25-year-old Fort Wayne man fondled a girl younger than 14, probed her genitals with his finger, pointed a gun at her and used it to touch her genitals, and threw her and a 2-year-old boy across a room.

A warrant has been issued in Allen Superior Court for the arrest of Kenneth D. Wylie Jr. of the 1900 block of Hoagland Avenue on two counts of child molesting, a Class A felony; one count of child molesting, a Class C felony; and one count each of battery, pointing a firearm and neglect of a dependent, all Class D felonies.


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