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Man held in home invasions, burglary

Allegedly used gun from purse theft to go on spree

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A local man is accused of invading two homes using a gun he stole when swiping a purse from a car in a restaurant parking lot.

The crime spree lasted about an hour, at which point he was taken into custody with the gun and stolen credit cards, court records said.

About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ryan Masoner, 30, of the 2200 block of Parkland Drive, broke into a 2012 Jeep Cherokee at the Pizza King at Wells Street and State Boulevard and stole a purse inside it, according to court documents. The purse contained credit cards and a loaded handgun, according to court documents.

Less than an hour later, Masoner burst into an apartment at Archer Avenue and Wells Street, court documents said, and, at gunpoint, stole the occupant's cellphone. Masoner also hit the man numerous times and injured the man's knee, later attended to by medics, court documents said.

When Masoner left that apartment, he left behind his gray jacket that contained several stolen credit cards belonging to the victim whose purse he stole, court documents said.

About 10 minutes later, Masoner pushed his way into a home in the 2100 block of Wells Street and was told to leave, court records said. He refused to leave and pulled out the stolen handgun and held it to the head of the resident, threatening to shoot him if he wasn't allowed to hide in his home.

A fight ensued, and the resident pushed Masoner out of the home and locked the door. Masoner then hid the stolen handgun in a barbecue grill in the home's backyard, court documents said.

A few minutes later he was picked up by a Fort Wayne officer, and Masoner had the stolen cellphone and more credit cards from the first victim on his person, court records said.

He was charged Thursday with burglary with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, intimidation, being a felon carrying a handgun, theft of a firearm, pointing a firearm at another person and residential break-in with two misdemeanor charges for theft and battery resulting in bodily injury.

He is being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $63,250 bail.

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