FWPD: Child abduction leads to arrest of father

FWPD activity near Portage Middle School on Taylor Street on Apr. 23, 2017.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne police arrested a man Sunday after he took his child without permission, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Bryant Dewayne Shelton

Police responded around 7:50 a.m. to the Wildwood Place Apartment complex in the 3500 block of Portage Boulevard.

Police say Bryant Shelton forced his way into an apartment with a handgun where his child lived with the mother. Shelton did not have legal custody of the child and took the 1-year-old without consent.

Bryant fled the scene with the child in his vehicle, police said.

According to police, the FWPD Emergency Services and Crisis Response teams arrived on scene and set up a perimeter to keep Shelton in the area. They found Shelton’s empty vehicle nearby.

Members of the FWPD Emergency Services team walk along a trail and an unsuspecting bike rider for an investigation near Portage Middle School on Apr. 23, 2017.

Police received a tip about Shelton’s location and responded to the area.

They eventually found him hiding in a backyard on South Washington Road. Officers took him into custody without incident.

Police found the child at a nearby home unharmed. The child was taken to the hospital for observation.

Shelton faces preliminary charges including Felony Residential Entry and Felony Invasion of Privacy.

The incident is under investigation.