FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — A person of interest in an armed robbery turned homicide was taken into custody more than 24 hours after the shooting, and bystanders cheered.
Units from the Fort Wayne Police Department circled the area of Bowser and Greene Street Friday morning in the Villages of Hanna apartment complex.
The search began almost 24 hours earlier after police received a tip that Leon Lumpkin was in the area. Police say he is a person of interest in an armed robbery turned homicide from earlier that morning.
That armed robbery call came in around 1:15 Thursday morning at the nearby Chapel Oaks Apartment complex. When police arrived, they found 20-year-old Arrianna Henderson shot to death.
During Thursday’s search, police spent hours outside one of the apartment buildings waiting for a warrant to search the property. By the time police got the OK, he was no longer there.
24 hours later, police returned to the area to search for Lumpkin. Officer Sofia Rosales-Scatena with the Fort Wayne Police Department says the department got a report from a homeowner that Lumpkin forced his way into an apartment.
Krista Stockman with Fort Wayne Community Schools says nearby Bunche Montessori Elementary School went on lockout for a short time during the search.
Officer Rosales-Scatena says they notify schools anytime police are anywhere near a school or situations where there might be an armed individual or felony armed robbery in the area of a school. The department sends school lockdown pages as a precaution.
The Standard Response Protocol calls for a lockout rather than a lockdown when something is going on outside of the school that could pose a threat to those inside the school. During a lockout, the school routine continues without interruption while exterior doors are locked and no one is allowed inside or outside the building.
Friday’s search did not last long. Once police surrounded the apartment where they believed Lumpkin was, they attempted to make contact with him.
The department said this was successful, and Lumpkin agreed to come out and did so a few moments later. Officer Rosales-Scatena said taking Lumpkin into custody was uneventful, and people in the area started cheering.
“It was good that the community was on our side on this one,” Officer Rosales-Scatena said. “We are glad it ended peacefully this way and hopefully we can bring some justice to the family.”
Officer Rosales-Scatena says they need the community’s help to keep Fort Wayne safe. She encourages those who might be scared to report crimes to report the location of a wanted person to report them anonymously.
“We are here to support this community, not make it more threatened,” Officer Rosales-Scatena said.
People can report tips anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at (260) 436-7867. Lumpkin was taken back to the detective bureau for questioning Friday.
Corinne Rose reported this story.