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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 1:00 am

2 charged in aftermath of stabbing; victim upgraded

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

About 4 p.m. Monday, David Masterson pulled his Buick LeSabre into the emergency room entrance at Parkview Randallia Hospital and honked his horn.

As medical staff emerged, the front passenger-side door opened and staff helped stabbing victim Trayvon Diquan Rogan, 22, limp out of the car, according to court documents filed Tuesday in Allen Superior Court.

A police officer with Parkview Health who heard the honk went to investigate.

As he approached the car, he heard Masterson, 23, of the 4300 block of Tacoma Avenue, say “we need to go,” to a man later identified as Joseph Britt, 19, of the 700 block of Taylor Street, who was sitting in the back seat.

The officer stepped in front of the LeSabre and ordered Masterson, who was later arrested, to stop the car. Masterson again said, “We need to go,” and accelerated the car forward, striking the officer's legs, court documents said.

The officer again ordered Masterson to stop the car, but this time Masterson accelerated in reverse. The officer ordered him to stop the vehicle again when another officer with Parkview Health arrived and ordered Masterson to stop the car.

Once the car stopped, the officer approached and noticed there was blood all over Masterson and the front passenger seat, court documents said.

Both Masterson and Britt gave the officers false names, court records said. Fort Wayne police said Masterson and Rogan were both stabbed. Masterson was treated and released. Rogan's condition was initially listed as critical Monday night but upgraded to serious, city police said.

Masterson was charged in Allen Superior Court with battery with bodily injury to a public safety officer and a misdemeanor charge for false informing. He was at the Allen County Jail held in lieu of $10,000.

Britt was charged with misdemeanor false informing and released on his own recognizance.

Fort Wayne police said neither Rogan nor Masterson would cooperate with investigators. As a result, police said they do not know where the stabbings took place, what the motive was or who might have been responsible.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867. 

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