Police searching for people in connection with robbery and kidnapping

FWPD are asking for the public's help in identifying two people.

Posted: Dec 27, 2017 5:10 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Fort Wayne Police are seeking the public's help in identifying two people who used a credit card stolen from a couple during a home invasion and kidnapping incident.

Police responded to a report of a home invasion and armed robbery around 11:00 p.m. on December 19. Martin Serrano called them from a gas station and said he had been robbed in his home on Sunrise Court, and his wife was kidnapped.

Dispatch told police at the time Serrano's wife was safe and one suspect was in custody.

Serrano told police he and his wife had arrived home around 9:45 p.m. Serrano said he went to the bathroom and heard his wife yelling.  He told police when he left the bathroom he was attacked by a man running down the stairs with a gun. Serrano told police he saw three black men with gloves and masks. One of the men yelled, "You got money! Give us the money!"

Serrano said he was taped around his wrists and ankles, and tied to a chair. One suspect held a gun to his head while another yelled to his wife that if she didn't give them the money, they would kill Serrano.

Serrano reportedly waited until it was quiet and started chewing around the tape on his wrists. When he was free, he saw his wife's 2013 Jeep Wrangler was missing from the driveway. He went to neighbors for help, but no one answered, so he used the phone at the gas station to call for help. The suspects reportedly took two wallets, an Iphone, and an undisclosed amount of money. Police also found pry marks on the door frame of the home.

Serrano also told police the suspects seemed to know where they worked and wanted money from the business. His wife later said she agreed to take the suspects there if they didn't hurt Serrano.

Police later found the Jeep Wrangler near El Praiso Grocery Store on Hessen Cassel Road. The vehicle was southbound on Hessen Cassel  and then turned west onto Maplegrove and continued despite police lights.

The drive, Myron Banks, got out and fled on foot. He fell in the 4800 block of Hessen Cassel Road and was eventually taken into custody. He is facing initial charges.

If you have seen the man or woman in the photos, you're urged to contact Fort Wayne Police or Crime Stoppers at 260-436-STOP.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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