Police get man out of home

May 8, 2019

Fort Wayne police called their Crisis Response and Emergency Services teams to a Cherry Hill home Tuesday morning for a person refusing to leave his home.

Police were called to the 6700 block of Cherry Hill Parkway about 9:30 a.m. when a family member asked police to help someone who was having mental health issues, police said.

Negotiators tried to get the person to leave the home several times before using a distraction device, police said.

The person left the home without incident, police said, and was taken for medical evaluation.

Shooting leaves victim critical

A man was in critical condition after showing up at a hospital with gunshot wounds early Tuesday, Fort Wayne police said.

Emergency room staff told police they were treating a gunshot victim about 3:30 a.m.

Police believe 22-year-old Charles Thomas Miller was shot on the city’s northeast side at 1221 Dodge Ave.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867 or police at 260-427-1201.

Man, 30, faces molest charges

A 30-year-old Fort Wayne man was in Allen County Jail awaiting a court hearing on charges of child molesting.

Ray Sorgdrager of the 5500 block of Rivera Drive is accused of molesting an underage girl Nov. 16.

The girl told police Sorgdrager inappropriately touched her and then came into her room several times during the night. The last time he entered her room, he took off some of her clothes and performed sex acts on her. He then made her perform a sex act on him, court documents said.

Sorgdrager was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail and has a court hearing today.

Barricaded man fires shots in air

A standoff between a man and police in Kendallville ended peacefully Tuesday, Kendallville police said.

Officers were making a wellness check on the man shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday when he pulled a gun from a pants pocket, put it to his head and barricaded himself inside a home in the 300 block of North Riley Street, police said.

The man later phoned Kendallville police and spoke with Sgt. Nate Stahl for about an hour before surrendering. 

Shortly after 9 p.m., the man staggered onto the porch, appeared to lose his balance and fell off the north side of the porch. He eventually fired two shots into the air, police said, and about 20 minutes later crawled back into the house and closed the door.

The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team approached the home and began negotiations with the man, sending a robot vehicle and a phone inside to him.

The man left the home shortly after 1 a.m. and was taken into custody, police said.

He was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

Any charges in the case are pending review by the Noble County prosecutor, police said.