Fort Wayne gang sweep nets five arrests

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Fort Wayne Police are labeling their latest gang sweep a success. Officers ended a months-long investigation yesterday by arresting five gang members.

Two of the arrests were of adults, the other three suspects are all under 18.

Investigators say they wanted to target the people responsible for an uptick in violence in the city that started with a gang feud. In addition to the five arrests, Fort Wayne Police say they recovered seven guns during their sweep.

FWPD officials released the following:

The City of Fort Wayne has seen a rash of violence over the past couple months between two local street gangs. The Fort Wayne Police Department Gang and Violent Crimes Unit has been investigating this feud, collecting intelligence and conducting targeted enforcement on key players

The GVCU has continued utilizing investigative strategies and enforcement techniques attempting to minimize the violence associated with these groups. Due to the combined efforts of GVCU Detectives and Southeast Operations officers; five associated members were arrested early this morning and charged with a variety of offenses (three were juveniles, two were adults). Additionally, seven firearms were confiscated by GVCU detectives as a result of the investigations last night.

It is the hope of the City of Fort Wayne Police Department that the multiple arrests and firearms confiscated will lead to a reduction in violence between the involved street gangs. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department Gang and Violent Crimes Unit at 260-427-5575 or GVCU@cityoffortwayne.org, Crime Stoppers 260-436-7867, or use the free anonymous P3 Tips app.

It is the Fort Wayne Police Department’s objective to collaborate with the community to help curb societal violence: community cooperation is essential in this endeavor. Together we are safer, stronger, and more successful.

Adult Arrest from 3300 Felician St:

Aristotle King, male/22yo

Charges: Level five felony resisting law enforcement fleeing in a vehicle

Level five felony Criminal Recklessness – shooting into an inhabited dwelling or place people likely gather

Obstruction of Justice

Felony Carrying a handgun without a license

Four additional warrants

Marcus Martin Jr, male/18yo

Level five felony Criminal Recklessness – shooting into an inhabited dwelling or place people likely gather

Obstruction of Justice

Resisting Law Enforcement – fleeing on foot