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Conservatory burglary charges filed

A Fort Wayne man accused of breaking into the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory last week was formally charged Thursday.

Darrell Dewayne Carter, 46, was being held in lieu of $38,250 bail. He is charged with burglary, disarming a police officer and two counts of resisting law enforcement.

Officers responded to a call about an alarm at the conservatory about 9 p.m. May 2.

Carter was seen running through the employee door. As one of the officers shouted for him to get on the floor, he ran toward one of the officers and grabbed the officer’s gun. The officer could not pull the trigger because Carter had his hands over the trigger guard, court documents said.

Another officer ran to help the first officer and Carter ran away, leading police on a chase through the building, court records said.

Carter, of the 3000 block of Bowser Avenue, was later caught and found with keys to the cash drawer and a botanical gardens vehicle in his pants pockets, court records said.

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