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Thursday, March 08, 2018 1:00 am


Suspect in armed robbery at Belmont Beverage in jail

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Matthew E. Andrews made the split-second decision to rob Belmont Beverage at 929 S. Lafayette St. about 1:45 p.m. Feb. 27 when the clerk rang up the sale for a pint of E&J Brandy for $6.41, court records said.

“Give me all your money,” said Andrews, 38, of the 400 block of West Washington Boulevard, as he pretended to reach for a gun on his hip. He got $195, court documents said.

He also told the clerk he was desperate and needed help because he had a drug addiction, court records said.

After his photo ran in local media outlets, he was identified and arrested, and he was charged Tuesday with armed robbery. Andrews was being held in the Allen County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Man accused of entry in 2nd home

A 19-year-old Fort Wayne man who faces a two-day trial in April for a Jan. 19 violent home invasion in the 1000 block of Herman Street has new charges stemming from a similar incident Nov. 29 in the 3800 block of Trace Way.

Bruce T. Eaton, of the 3000 block of Reed Street, is accused of forcing his way into the Trace Way apartment with a masked and armed accomplice. Eaton, who did not wear a mask, had a long gun or assault rifle, court documents said.

His accomplice wanted to leave, but Eaton stayed in the apartment until one of three victims gave up the money in his wallet and his cellphone. They made a boy get on the ground and took his Xbox 360. A woman was also present during the incident, court records said.

Eaton was identified from a lineup. He was charged with burglary with a deadly weapon and two counts of robbery resulting in bodily injury by putting someone in fear. He is at the Allen County Jail held in lieu of $45,000 bail.

No arrests in factory stabbing

No one has been arrested in a stabbing Tuesday at Rea Magnet Wire that left a man seriously injured.

At 1:17 p.m., officers were called to a fight between two employees at the company, 4300 New Haven Ave.

An employee stabbed a co-worker, police said, and the victim was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Investigators interviewed witnesses and the employee who allegedly did the stabbing, police said.

The stabbing remains under investigation by the police department and the Allen County prosecutor's office.

3 girls accuse man of child molesting 

A Fort Wayne man is behind bars, being held in lieu of $300,000 bail for alleged molesting of three girls.

Deven D. Washington, 30, of the 1200 block of Emily Street, is accused of forcing himself on the girls, ages 6, 9 and 11, between Feb. 28 and Monday.

The three were interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center on Wednesday.

Washington denied performing the sex acts on the girls and then requested an attorney, court documents said.

He is charged with three counts of child molesting.

North Manchester police kill resident

A police officer fatally shot a man Tuesday night in the parking lot of a business following a traffic stop in North Manchester.

State police said officers from the North Manchester Police Department stopped a pickup truck for a traffic infraction and there was “an incident” that led to an officer shooting at the driver. Police said the driver died of a gunshot wound.

No officers were injured. Police identified the driver as 40-year-old Michael Kline of North Manchester.

State police said additional information isn't being immediately released amid an ongoing investigation. The results of the investigation are expected to be reviewed by the Wabash County prosecutor's office.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.