The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 3:31 am

50-year-old caught after hiding in store

Chris Meyers | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man was arrested after he apparently hid in the ceiling of a local business until after it closed.

A motion alarm in a storage room of the Family Dollar at 2011 Broadway led to the man’s discovery, and he then hid against an exit door at the back of the business, according to a Fort Wayne Police Department report of the incident.

An employee told police the lights were off when she arrived about midnight Tuesday in response to the alarm, but they turned on while she waited for officers to arrive.

Two officers searched the store and found no one until they made it to the storage area.

That’s where one officer found the trespasser, later identified as a 50-year-old Fort Wayne man. 

He was ordered to show his hands, but instead bolted through the exit door against which he was hiding, the report said.

Another officer had just arrived at the rear of the business when he saw the door burst open as the man ran.

The chase went south toward a viaduct, where police shot at the man with a stun gun. Neither of the stun gun’s prongs stuck in the man, but he stopped running and was arrested after a brief struggle.

Further searching of the Family Dollar revealed evidence that someone had removed an exhaust fan and likely climbed on top of a toilet to gain access to the ceiling.

The man did not speak with detectives about the case.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and resisting law enforcement.

The Journal Gazette does not typically name people charged with only misdemeanors.

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