Man armed with crowbar charged with burglary

Mug shot of Nathan Simmerson provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Police arrested a 20-year-old man who they say was armed with a crowbar when he and four others forced their way into a home on Fort Wayne’s northeast side on May 17.

According to court documents, Nathan Simmerson and the other men put masks over their faces before one of the men knocked on the door of the home. Once it was opened, they allegedly forced their way inside and the four dispersed through the first floor of the home, yelling, “Get down on the ground, this isn’t a game.” Simmerson went upstairs, holding a crowbar in his hands, and was confronted by resident Chris Torres, who was armed with a handgun. When Simmerson saw the gun, he reportedly barricaded himself in a bathroom. The other suspects ran out the front door when they realized Torres was armed.

The Probable Cause Affidavit states that Simmerson then came out of the bathroom and was trying to get down the stairs when he was tackled by Torres. Other people in the house helped restrain Simmerson until police arrived.

When investigators first questioned Simmerson, he said he didn’t know any of the people involved and had no idea why they went into the house. Detectives said he later changed his story and admitted that he put on a mask and gloves and went into the home with a crowbar. He said an acquaintance picked him up and they met three other men and came up with the idea to go to the house because there was weed and money there.

Simmerson denied knowing the last names of the other four suspects.

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