There were still two days left in the annual Three Rivers Festival when Fort Wayne Deputy Police Chief Marty Bender said it was one of the most uneventful festivals on record – from a law enforcement point of view.
Turns out, those two extra days didn’t do anything to ruin that streak.
A misdemeanor charge of synthetic marijuana possession was the only criminal arrest the department recorded throughout the downtown festival. The department’s gang and violent crimes unit made the arrest.
Three other people received citations. One got a ticket for having an animal at the festival, one for having an animal without a rabies vaccination and one person for being a public nuisance. Animal Care & Control officers wrote all those tickets.
This year had one of the lowest number of arrests on file in the past 20 years, according to data provided by city police. The most arrests during that span were 46 during 1995’s festival.
Last year’s festival saw only two arrests.