CLAYPOOL — A late Thursday morning incident led to a standoff between Kosciusko County law enforcement officers and a barricaded subject.
According to information provided by Sgt. Christopher M. Francis, public information officer for the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct.1, crews were directing traffic on CR 700S near CR 425W, west of Claypool, for an electrical pole project. Witnesses said Quincy Akeem Jenkins, 27, Elkhart, entered a traffic control vehicle after exiting a white sport utility vehicle. Jenkins left the traffic control vehicle and fled to a neighboring home, removing clothing as he was running.
Members of the utility crew notified the home’s occupant, stopping her from answering the door. Jenkins again tried to enter a vehicle and ran westbound to another residence, where he forced entry through a back window. Officers from Mentone and Claypool Police Departments arrived within minutes of the initial call and confirmed that Jenkins was inside of the home. Dispatchers made contact with the homeowner, who said that there was no one else inside the dwelling. The homeowner responded to the scene and was instrumental in relaying vital information to deputies.
Multiple attempts were made to communicate with Jenkins, who refused to answer. However, Jenkins did release a small dog through the front door. Kosciusko County SWAT was activated and a plan was established to enter the residence. Officers placed a robot inside the back door of the home and were able to observe the interior. After speaking with Jenkins through the communication system on the robot, he surrendered to SWAT operators and was taken into custody without further incident. Jenkins was taken to an area hospital for medical evaluation.
Formal charges are pending and will be released as they become available.
The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office advises that the defendant’s charge (arrest) is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Responding agencies included the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, Claypool Police Department, Mentone Police Department, NET43, Indiana State Police, Kosciusko County SWAT, Lutheran EMS and the North Webster/Tippecanoe Township Fire Department.