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Police and fire


Gunmen bind LaOtto couple, flee with guns

An elderly LaOtto couple was terrorized in their rural home early Friday by two armed men who tied them up, stole several items and spent hours ransacking the house, police said.

Shortly after midnight, two men entered the home on County Road 200 South, just northwest of LaOtto, awoke the residents, tied them up and “ransacked the house from top to bottom,” Noble County Sheriff Doug Harp said.

More than seven hours later, at 7:35 a.m., the couple were able to untie themselves and fled to the neighbor’s house, where they called police.

The assailants took four weapons from the home, as well as a red pickup truck, Harp said. The investigation is ongoing as to what other items were stolen, he said.

The abandoned truck was found in Fort Wayne about 6 p.m. by city police and was returned to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department for processing, Harp said.

“This was a very frightening experience for them,” he said of the victims.

The couple were so traumatized that they were unable to return to their home right away, he said.

The intruders remained at large as of Friday night.