Burglary turns into standoff at Lillie Street home

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Fort Wayne Police say that a burglary turned into a barricaded subject situation Saturday night.

The home where it happened was vacant at the time with the owners on vacation. They were the ones that called the police after catching the man in their home on their security camera.

FWPD officials released the following:

On September 11th, 2021 at approximately 9:51 pm dispatch received a call from a male stating his sister-in-law’s home had been broken into at 2919 Lillie St. The suspect was currently in the home. Dispatch was advised the homeowner was on vacation and the home was supposed to be empty, however, the homeowner could see through the security camera’s a male walking thru the house. They also believed the male suspect had a handgun.
When police arrived on scene, they observed the back window was damaged and this appeared to be the likely point of forced entry to the home. Police used loudspeakers and attempted to communicate with the suspect inside the home. The suspect did not respond to any attempts of communication with police.
At this time the Fort Wayne Police Crisis Response Team (CRT), Emergency Services Team (EST), and Aerial Support Unit (ASU) were requested due to their enhanced capabilities to respond to this type of situation. At approximately 12:31 AM, Just before CRT attempted to make contact with the suspect, he exited the front door of the home and fled on foot from the police. EST caught the suspect in the alley next to the home and placed him into custody.
The suspect was an adult make and did not sustain any injuries while being placed into custody. He was then transported to the Allen County Jail. This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutors office.