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Police and fire


Witnesses key to arrest made in March 15 killing


– A Fort Wayne man accused of fatally shooting another man last month and leaving him in the middle of a street was arrested Tuesday.

Ronald “Twin” Williams, 26, is charged with murder in Allen Superior Court in the death of Mark Brian Young Jr., 25. Williams is also accused of breaking into a home in search of a witness to the homicide and holding a woman against her will for several hours.

A few days after the March 15 shooting, two women told detectives they were in a Chevrolet Impala with Williams and Young when the men started arguing, according to court papers.

During the argument, Williams, the driver, pulled a handgun and started waving it around and making threats. At some point, Williams stopped the car, and he and Young got out, court papers stated. One of the women told police she saw Williams point the gun at Young while making more threats. The women ran from the car and heard what they believed were gunshots, court papers said.

Others confirmed what the two women reported, including one witness who told police he saw a man, believed to be Williams, approach Young and shoot him multiple times from about 7 feet away, according to court papers. Young dropped to the pavement, and Williams shot him several more times, the witness told police.

Police were sent to the 3400 block of Reed Street, west of South Anthony Boulevard, about 3:30 a.m. and found Young in the street with gunshot wounds. He was taken to Lutheran Hospital where he died, authorities said.

Not long after the shooting was reported, police found the Impala at Colerick Street and Bowser Avenue. The car had crashed into bushes, and the driver had fled from the scene.

Searching the car, officers found a .38-caliber handgun in the trunk. Investigators do not yet know whether the gun was used to shoot Young, court papers stated.

On April 1, Williams broke into the home of a woman, a former roommate of a witness to the homicide, according to court papers. The woman came home about 1:30 a.m. to find Williams inside, armed with a handgun, court papers stated.

Williams told the woman he was looking for the witness, and she told him that the person had moved out. Williams did not believe the woman and kept her from leaving the home for nearly seven hours, court papers said.

The woman told police she felt Williams was there to kill the witness, court papers stated.

About 8:15 a.m., Williams let the woman go to the bathroom, and she climbed out of a window and went to a friend’s house for help, court papers said. Williams consequently faces preliminary charges of criminal confinement and burglary.

Williams, of the 3700 block of South Park Drive, was being held without bail at the Allen County Jail.

So far this year, 15 deaths in Allen County have been ruled homicides. Arrests have been made in connection with four of those cases. Two of the homicides were the result of shootings by police. One of the men killed by officers, Kenneth Knight, pulled a woman from a bus and fatally shot her March 20, police said. As a result, that case is considered cleared.

All the homicides have occurred in Fort Wayne, with the exception of one. Robert W. Kanyuh, 65, was shot March 30 during a reported home invasion in southwest Allen County, and he died that night, the coroner’s office said.

On Tuesday, Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel, a spokesman for the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, said investigators had no new information to release in the case, including whether Kanyuh knew the shooter.