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Police seek man in fatal hit-and-run

Barrios

Fort Wayne police have a man they would like to interview about Monday’s hit-and-run crash that has been ruled a homicide.

On Friday, police asked for the public’s help in finding Jacinto A. Barrios, 31. They called him a “suspect wanted for questioning” in the death of Marco Antonio Vinas-Herran but declined to elaborate on what that meant. Barrios has not been charged with a crime in this case.

On Monday morning, a car struck Vinas-Herran in the parking lot of Las Lomas Mexican Grill at 2202 S. Fairfield Ave. A passer-by found him, and he appeared to have tire marks on his shirt, police said.

Vinas-Herran, 31, was taken to Lutheran Hospital, where he died about five hours later from blunt-force injuries, the Allen County Coroner’s Office said.

What led investigators to label Barrios as a suspect is unclear. On Friday, officer Michael Joyner, a police spokesman, said investigators had found the car that struck Vinas-Herran, a 1993 Honda Civic, and impounded it. Joyner declined to comment on where the car was found and whether Barrios is linked to it.

In 2004, Barrios pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident, and since that year, he has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of driving while suspended in four separate cases, Allen County court records show.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Barrios is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

aingersoll@jg.net

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