Footprints in snow lead to arrest

Larry Washington, Jr. (Photo courtesy: Allen County Sheriff's Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Footprints in the snow led to the arrest of one of the men who allegedly pulled a gun on a Vito’s Pizza and Subs deliveryman, robbed him, and then took off in his car last week.

According to the affidavit for probable cause, 19-year-old Larry D. Washington, Jr., and two other suspects robbed the victim at gunpoint shortly after 4 a.m. on January 3.

The deliveryman told police he went to deliver food to a home in the 5300-block of Winter Street when one of the men pointed a gun at him and stole his wallet, along with the food. The three suspects then ran to the victim’s car and drove off in it.

Police found the stolen car parked on the side of the road in the 4700-block of Reed Street. Police saw two sets of footprints in the snow that led from the passenger side of the car to a home. Officers followed the tracks to the home and the homeowner then allowed them to search her house.

According to the probable cause, police found Washington and another man in the home. Police determined that the other man lived at the home, but Washington did not.

Officers also found a bag of food from Vito’s, along with the victim’s driver’s license in the bottom of the bag.

The other man told police in an interview that Washington came to his house with a gun and asked him to hide it when police arrived.

Police said the shoes Washington was wearing matched the tread pattern in the snow which led from the stolen car to the home.

Washington was arrested and charged with Robbery, Defendant Armed OR Bodily Injury Results, a class B felony.

The investigation is ongoing.

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