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2 men charged in T-Mobile robbery

February 27, 2019

Two men have been charged in U.S. District Court with robbing a Fort Wayne cellphone store Dec. 13, the U.S. Attorney’s office said Tuesday.

Quran Waterford, 34, of Bloomington, and Gary McCaleb, 29, of Harvey, Illinois, were charged with robbery and possessing and using a firearm during the robbery, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Two men and an unidentified third man entered the T-Mobile store in the 7600 block of Southtown Crossing, displaying a gun. Two store employees and two customers were confined as the men took numerous cellphones and other merchandise worth more than $58,000, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Waterford and McCaleb were arrested after a short police pursuit, the office said.

Apartment search nets drug arrest

A man was arrested on drug charges Tuesday after police searched his Lake Avenue apartment.

Derrick Tennant Jr. was charged with dealing cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor marijuana possession after police searched his apartment at 814 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne police said. Police said they found 14 grams of cocaine, 7.5 grams of marijuana, two digital scales and .45-caliber ammunition.

FBI reward for Mendez raised

The FBI has increased the reward for Juan Alberto Mendez to $25,000, the agency announced Tuesday.

Mendez is an alleged associate of the Gulf Cartel and is wanted for alleged involvement in drug racketeering, including murder in aid of racketeering, between 2015 and 2018.

On Sept. 23, 2015, a federal arrest warrant from U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne was issued charging Mendez with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 and 2 narcotics.

On May 11, 2018, a federal arrest warrant from U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas was issued for Mendez, charging him with conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering and kidnapping resulting in death.

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