‘Person of interest’ in custody, faces aggravated battery charge

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Police are questioning a person of interest after a woman was found critically injured inside a home on Fort Wayne’s near-north side Thursday morning.

According to the Fort Wayne Police Department Brent Browning, 29, was located and taken into custody late this afternoon without incident. He was taken to the Allen County Lockup with an initial charge of Aggravated Battery.

Officers were called to the home located in the 800 block of Huffman Street just after 5:15 a.m.  While en route, a 911 call was received from someone indicating there was an unconscious person inside.

After arriving on the scene, officers and paramedics found the woman and took her to a hospital where she was listed in critical condition.

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Police on scene of a an investigation into the discovery of a woman who was found critically injured in the 800 block of Huffman Street in Fort Wayne.

Based on information they got after talking to potential witnesses, police named Browning a person of interest. They said he may have been driving a 2006 red or maroon colored Lincoln Zephyr with Indiana license plate UIM 627. The car may be missing either a front or rear bumper.

A protective order against Browning was filed in Allen Superior Court on Tuesday by Samantha Freeman. It claimed in November, Browning kicked the door of Freeman’s Huffman Street home open and threw a rock through a window. It also said Browning stole clothes from the home and threw them away.

A friend with details on the incident told NewsChannel 15 on Thursday the victim is, in fact, Freeman.

That woman, who NewsChannel 15 has granted anonymity, said Browning and Freeman have a child together and late Wednesday, Freeman was upset because her window was broken by Browning.

Photo of Brent Stephen Browning provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.
Photo of Brent Stephen Browning provided by the Allen County Sheriff’s Dept.

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