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Nathan L. Simmerson

Held at gunpoint, home invasion suspect hides in bathroom

– A Fort Wayne man accused of invading a home with four other men was arrested after the others left him trapped in a bathroom and the residents held him until police arrived.

Nathan L. Simmerson, 20, of the 300 block of West Williams Street, was formally charged Wednesday with burglary for what police said was his role in the home invasion in northeast Fort Wayne.

Simmerson and four others, at least two of whom were armed, went to a home Saturday evening in the 4500 block of Hartford Drive, near Stellhorn and Lahmeyer roads, where they donned masks and forced their way into the home when a resident answered the door, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Once in the house, Simmerson went upstairs and encountered a resident armed with a handgun, prompting Simmerson, armed with a crowbar, to barricade himself in a nearby bathroom, the report said.

As Simmerson was in the bathroom, the four other intruders searched the first floor of the house and forced three of the home's residents to get on the floor.

One of the victims yelled to the resident still upstairs to get an assault rifle, at which point all four of the would-be robbers ran out the front door, according to the affidavit.

Eventually, Simmerson burst from the bathroom and dropped his crowbar as he tried to run downstairs and out of the house, the residents told police.

They said Simmerson ran farther into the house as he tried to escape, but all four residents tackled and held him until police officers arrived.

Simmerson told investigators he did not know the last names of the others with him during the robbery, according to the affidavit, and they targeted the house because they thought there would be drugs and money in it.

He was being held Wednesday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

cmeyers@jg.net

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