You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Police and fire

  • Police out in force for wobbly drivers
    Police don’t want to ruin your Thanksgiving vacation, but they will put a damper on it if necessary. So, do yourself and others a favor:
  • Apartment residents flee smoke
    A fire smoked out some residents from their apartments and sent one person to a hospital early Tuesday. The Fort Wayne Fire Department was called about 5:10 a.m.
  • Northbound I-69 reopens in DeKalb after crash
    Northbound Interstate 69 in DeKalb County has reopened after a three-car crash closed both lanes this afternoon, Indiana State Police said.
Advertisement
Courtesy Allen County Sheriff's Department
David Randal Cocklin

1 arrested, charged in fatal stabbing

A Fort Wayne man was arrested and charged with felony murder Monday in connection to the fatal stabbing May 1 at a city gas station.

David Randal Cocklin, 56, was arrested Monday.

He was being held at the Allen County Jail without bond.

About 8:20 p.m. May 1, police were called to the Clark station at Wayne Trace and Drexel Avenue after a report of a fight and possible stabbing.

Officers found Raynell C. White, 30, suffering from a wound to his chest in the gas station parking lot near the street.

He was taken in critical condition to Lutheran Hospital where he died shortly thereafter of a stab wound to the chest, according to the Allen County coroner's office.

White's death marked the fourth homicide for Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2014, according to the coroner's office.

Witnesses told police White and Cocklin were seen fighting in the parking lot.

Cocklin fled from the area after the stabbing, but was found a short time later in a pickup truck. He was held as a person of interest, but charges were not immediately filed, police said.

The motive behind the fight remains unclear, and it's not known whether the men were customers at the gas station or just passing through, police said.

The case remains under investigation.

jcrothers@jg.net

Advertisement