FORT WAYNE – A father and his 10-month-old son were at home Wednesday evening when an armed man entered their house through an unlocked door and demanded cash, Fort Wayne police said.
“It just appears to be a random home invasion. Nothing more than that,” officer Mike Joyner said Thursday.
No one was hurt in the robbery, which happened in the 2100 block of Kensington Boulevard near East State Boulevard, a couple of blocks west of Parkview Hospital Randallia. Police have not identified any suspects, said Joyner, a city police spokesman.
The father, who reported the robbery from a neighbor’s house, told police that just before 6 p.m., his wife left without locking the front door. While the father was getting baby food for his son, he noticed that a man was just inside the house, pointing a full-size Glock handgun at him and his son, a police report said.
The man told the father everything would be OK if he cooperated. He made the father put his son on the floor and took the father upstairs to look for money. They came back downstairs when the baby was crying, and the robber had the father pick up the boy and carry him upstairs, the report said.
The robber ordered the father and son into a closet and blocked the closet door with a changing table and crib. They were in the closet for about 45 minutes before the father pushed open the barricaded door. By that point, the house had been ransacked, and the robber had left in the father’s pickup truck, a silver 2007 Honda Ridgeline, the report said. As of Thursday, police had not recovered the truck, Joyner said.
The robber also stole the father’s credit card and 11 guns, including one that was in the truck. Most of the cases for the guns were left behind, so police collected those to test them for fingerprints, the report said.
The wife eventually returned home and told police she had been running late and rushed out of the house leaving the door unlocked. As she went to her vehicle, she noticed a man walking north on the other side of the street. She suspected he may have been the robber, the report said.
The father said the man who entered the home was wearing a T-shirt, shorts, baseball cap and a black bandanna over his face. He was described as a taller black man in his late 20s or early 30s, with a dark complexion. Joyner said the father reported that the robber had an exceptionally calm demeanor.