FORT WAYNE – Narcotics detectives arrested a man Monday after he robbed an undercover informant during a drug deal that was under police surveillance, according to court papers.
Larry Hayden Jr., 24, was preliminarily charged Tuesday with felony counts of conspiracy to deal cocaine, robbery, possession of a gun by a serious violent felon, escape and intimidation. He also faces three misdemeanor charges: possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of resisting law enforcement.
On Monday, an informant working with the Fort Wayne Police Department called Hayden and arranged to meet in a parking lot, so the informant could buy an one-eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine from Hayden, court papers stated.
The informant told police Hayden got into the front seat of the informant's vehicle and pulled a handgun. With the informant wearing a recording device, detectives could hear him begging Hayden not to harm him, court papers said.
Hayden took the $250 the police had given the informant to buy cocaine. He then ran from the vehicle, and police found him in another parking lot. Along his path, officers discovered a .45-caliber handgun on the roof of a shed, court papers said.
In 2008, Hayden was convicted of burglary in Allen County, and because of that, it was illegal for him to have a gun, court papers stated.
After police arrested Hayden, he complained his shoulder hurt, so he was taken to St. Joseph Hospital before he was booked into jail. Outside the hospital, Hayden ran from police. During a foot chase, he threatened to shoot an officer, files said.
Hayden ran to Berry Street where he got into a parked car with a woman in the driver's seat, and at that point, police managed to capture him, court papers stated.
The man who drove Hayden to meet the informant was preliminarily charged with a felony count of aiding robbery and misdemeanor counts of possession of a synthetic drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. That man, Adrian Eguia, of the 2400 block of North Clinton Street, posted $10,000 bond to be released from custody Tuesday.
Hayden, of the 1700 block of Black Bear Drive, was being held Tuesday at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $89,750.