FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Investigators brought armfuls of firearms out of a home in the West Lakes subdivision of Aboite township on Friday. That home is located at 10110 Unita Drive. It’s one of ten properties to be raided by the FBI as part of an ongoing investigation that began on Thursday. The two others raided Friday are located at 2033 Falcon Ridge Court and 718 Lawton Place.
Earlier on Friday, the FBI confirmed that five properties in addition to the ones owned by Jason Fabini and his brother Michael were raided on Thursday as part of the agency’s Safe Streets initiative. It’s still not known what agents were looking for or if anyone has been arrested. It’s also not known if all the raids are connected to a single investigation or whether there are multiple investigations taking place under the umbrella of the Safe Streets initiative.
The FBI confirmed the raids took place at the following ten properties:
- 6619 Cherry Hill Parkway – a home owned by Michael Fabini in the Cherry Hill subdivision
- 8701 Wheelock Road – a home owned by Jason Fabini
- 4209 Wedgewood Drive – a home located southeast of the intersection of Maplecrest and Stellhorn
- 7916 Wayward Court – a home located northwest of the intersection of Goeglein and Maysville
- 9634 Stowaway Cove – a home in the Chandler’s landing subdivsion off Wheelock Road owned by Kevin Stevens.
- 10216 Sona Marie Court – a home located southeast of Dupont and Coldwater
- 7015 Indiana 930 in New Haven – FBI said this property is not a residence
- 10110 Unita Drive in Aboite Township – guns have been confiscated from the home
- 2033 Falcon Ridge Ct. – a home located off of Auburn Road north of Union Chapel
- 718 Lawton Place – a home located off of Spy Run Avenue west of St. Joe Boulevard
Click on the map tab to see a map of all the locations.
FBI agents backed two trucks up in the driveway of Michael Fabini’s home Thursday morning. Law enforcement officials could be seen been putting various items from the home inside the trucks for most of the morning while neighbors watched. At one point police dogs were taken in and out of the home, although the FBI would not comment on what the canines were trained to find.
According to the Allen County Assessor’s Office, Michael Fabini purchased the home in August of 2009. Since then it has grown significantly in size from 4191 square feet including the basement in 2009 with the basement accounting for 1,296 square feet to a total square footage of 11,900 square feet including the finished basement and attic in May of 2012. The basement accounted for 3,691 square feet which by itself is larger than some of the nearby homes.
The home has also grown significantly in value as would be expected with all the additional square footage. The assessor’s office valued the home at $277,500 in 2009. As of May of 2012, that value had ballooned to $675,000. In March of 2010, a two-story addition with basement and attached garage was added which significantly upped the assessed value of the home.
Neighbors told NewsChannel 15 they weren’t surprised the home was raided based on activity they’ve witnessed.
Assisting the FBI on the scene were officers with the Allen County Police Department, the Fort Wayne Police Department, the New Haven Police Department, the ATF and the Indiana State Police.
Also on Thursday morning, Jason Fabini was seem seen talking to agents outside his home. After some boxes were taken out of a garage or out building, the various law enforcement agencies there cleared the scene.
At around 5 pm, Jason Fabini issued a statement indicating that he was not a target of the investigation. Read the entire statement here .
The FBI was at the Chandler’s Landing home for at least three hours and an Allen County Sheriff’s Deputy remained on the scene into the evening. A neighbor told NewsChannel 15 that agents removed computers and guns from the home.
David Crawford with the FBI would not say specifically what the agency is investigating, but he did say it is a large operation.
To view a photo gallery of the raids, click here .
According to the FBI web site, the Safe Streets Violent Crimes initiative was started back in 1992 as a means to help keep neighborhoods safe.