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Sunday, August 13, 2017 1:00 am


Online gun sale leads to felony theft charge

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A 20-year-old man was taken into custody and released Friday on a $2,500 bond after trying to sell a stolen firearm through Facebook.

A prospective buyer was looking for a gun and found one for sale on Facebook, but something made him think it might be stolen.

He asked the seller for the serial number and then contacted law enforcement. It turned up stolen July 13, according to court documents.

The buyer decided he wanted the gun off the street and arranged to meet the seller, Daviontre D. Mcgown, of the 2000 block of Embassy Drive.

At 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Mcgown sent a message through Facebook messenger that he'd be arriving at an unidentified parking lot in a black Chevrolet Equinox.

Fort Wayne police conducted a felony stop and as the passengers got out, including Mcgown, he quickly told officers that the gun was in a black bag on the front passenger floor board, the same area where he was sitting, court documents said.

The gun was a Sig Sauer P226, which Mcgown admitted to buying from his stepfather's friend, but couldn't remember his name. He said he bought the gun for $250 and was selling it for $750.

He is facing a felony charge of theft of a firearm.

Victim reportedly beaten all day

A 24-year-old Fort Wayne man was charged Friday with several counts stemming from a domestic battery case.

The victim reported that on Thursday, her boyfriend began beating her about 8 a.m., and it had been ongoing until officers were called about 7:30 p.m. by a neighbor, according to court documents.

About that time, the victim had run outside, naked and screaming for help, as a concerned neighbor and his wife were arriving home.

The victim said the battery started because her boyfriend was drunk and upset with her. She couldn't remember the number of times he hit her with a closed fist. When she fought back, she alleged that he strangled her and then had to perform CPR to bring her back to consciousness, according to court documents.

Every time she tried to leave, he locked all of the doors. He would hit her, hold her down and not allow her to leave. When she tried to call 911, he broke her phone into pieces, court documents said.

She was admitted to the hospital in serious condition, court documents said. The victim was covered in bruises and cuts in various stages of healing, and hospital records show she had injuries consistent with strangling.

Questioned by police, Brian Ashcraft, of the 5300 block of Yorkshire Drive, explained that he was trying to keep his girlfriend in the house because she was naked, not to harm her.

He told police he had injuries as well, including minor cuts and abrasions consistent with the victim's story of fighting back, court documents said.

When the officer pointed out that the woman had bruises and cuts from head to toe, Ashcraft had no comment, but said he and the victim both drink and sometimes pass out.

Ashcraft is at the Allen County Jail held in lieu of $25,750 bail. He was charged with criminal confinement resulting in serious bodily injury, two counts of domestic battery resulting in serious and moderate bodily injury and strangulation.

He also has a misdemeanor charge for interfering with the reporting of a crime.