Gunmen threaten to kill apartment occupants

Lewis Jones
Mug shot of Lewis Jones provided by Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  One person has been charged following an incident Tuesday evening where two armed men kicked open two doors of an apartment, forced a woman to tie up her boyfriend and his 12-year-old son with electronics cables and threatened to kill all three before they took various items according to reports filed by Fort Wayne police.

Officers responded to the 1200 block of Swinney Avenue at around 9:30 after a person in an upstairs department called dispatch reporting that there were bumping noises coming from the downstairs apartment.

One of the officers who arrived on the scene saw two men run from the back of the home where they got into a gray Chevy Trailblazer.

The 1200 block of Swinney Avenue
The 1200 block of Swinney Avenue

An officer in a squad car followed the Trailblazer into an alley where it stopped and the two men got out and took off running.

Police managed to catch Lewis Jones, one of the men in question.  However the other person was able to elude them. One of the robbery victims was able to identify Jones.

The robbery victim, a woman, told police she heard a loud “boom, boom” coming from outside right before the two men came inside.  The gunmen told her to tie up her boyfriend and his son, which she did with cables used to hook up electronic equipment.  The gunmen then tied her up and pointed a gun at her head and threatened to kill her if she moved.   The boyfriend said one of the men hit him in the head with the butt of his gun, causing it to bleed and swell.  All three victims said one man had two guns and the other one gun.  Both were wearing masks.  They took various items including cash, video games, a cell phone, a debit card and a hand gun that belonged to the boyfriend.

Many of the items were found inside the Trailblazer or nearby.

Jones appeared in court Wednesday where he was charged with multiple felonies including Criminal Recklessness, Burglary, Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, Battery and Criminal Confinement.




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