ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) – Police say two criminals went into a home wielding a BB pistol and a knife taped to a three-foot metal club early Sunday morning. The suspects were apparently looking for someone named To Jo and wanted cash for an X Box. The homeowner told police he had no clue what they were talking about.
It all happened at the corner of East Broad and North Martha Streets in Angola. Police were first notified of the unusual home invasion by nearby neighbor.
“She was upstairs calling. She could hear them talking about shooting the place up wanting to kill everybody until he got his money,” said Caleb McLatcher, the Angola officer who was first on the scene.
When officers arrived, they say Joshua Fenters, 27, took off running. Fenters allegedly dropped a butcher knife, three other knives, and had the metal stick with a knife taped on top. McLatcher said Fenters eventually stopped and officers arrested him.
“He says he was just using [the knives] for protection. He’s a small guy,” McLatcher said.
Officers also took Joey Sumner, 27, into custody. Police say Sumner showed the homeowner a gun in his waistband, threatened him, and forced entry inside the house.
McLatcher said the gun turned out to be a BB pistol. He was thankful the unusual incident ended peacefully.
“Oh it could’ve ended a lot worse,” McLatcher said. “Just carrying around a club with a knife attached to it just isn’t normal. That means you’re coming there for one thing. Luckily the upstairs person heard it and called in and we were able to get there quick enough.”
Court documents say both Fenters and Sumner smelled of alcohol. Fenters blew a .167 in his personal Breathalyzer test. Sumner blew a .13.
Fenters was charged with criminal trespassing and resisting law enforcement. He bonded out of jail Monday.
Sumner received the same charges along with a felony count of intimidation. He remains in the Steuben County Jail.