FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Police have one person in custody Wednesday after finding three children and a woman slain inside a Fort Wayne, Indiana home.
Police and medics were called around 10:45 a.m. to a home at 2904 Gay Street, a block south of East Pontiac Street, for a problem unknown, according to the police activity log. Inside the home, they found the dead bodies of the children and woman.
“It’s a very gruesome scene in there,” said police spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Webb after the authorities found the bodies. The discovery prompted a manhunt for the suspect, 21-year-old Cohen Bennett Hancz-Barronat, who police said was considered “armed and extremely dangerous,” and possibly driving a black 2010 Ford pickup that had been stolen earlier Wednesday morning.
Around 5:15 p.m., Fort Wayne Police announced Hancz-Barron’s arrest after authorities found him at an apartment complex in Lafayette. The arrest was made through a “joint effort” between FWPD Homicide, Gang and Violent Crimes Unit, Vice and Narcotics Unit, and the Indiana State Police.
Webb said friends and family had identified him as a suspect.
Hancz-Barron was being transported back to Fort Wayne, where he was expected to be booked into the Allen County Jail on four counts of Murder.
A representative from the victims’ family provided a statement to WANE 15 Wednesday:
“This is a very devastating time for our family. Please give us time to process the horrific events that have occurred today. Our daughter was a very special person to our family. Please be respectful of our family’s privacy at this time.”
A large police presence was at the home throughout midday Wednesday, and residents gathered outside a crime scene. One neighbored called the killings “sickening.”
This is a developing story.