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Man charged with alleged intimidation of city contractor, police officers

Samuel R. White
Samuel R. White
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Monday, May 15, 2017 02:08 pm

A Fort Wayne man allegedly tried to lay down his own law when a subcontractor for Neighborhood Code Enforcement and Fort Wayne Police Department officers tried to remove debris from his yard last week.

Samuel R. White, 41, of the 3500 block of Parkhill Avenue, was charged Monday in Allen Superior Court with intimidation and criminal recklessness, Level 6 felonies, and misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement and criminal mischief, according to court records.

Police officers were called at about 10 a.m. May 9 to help employees of Yard Jobs, who were contracted to do trash removal by Fort Wayne Neighborhood Code Enforcement, remove excess debris from White's residence.

White allegedly came out of his house, yelled profanities and threatened to release his pitbull on the employees and officers, according to the probable-cause affidavit.

White then allegedly tried to take back his items that were removed from his property. When police officers tried to intervene, White allegedly picked up a silver metal rod 1 inch in diameter and 5 feet long, raised it above his head in a threatening manner, saying, "I've got something for you!" He allegedly yelled and wildly swung the rod in the direction of the officers. One officer tried to subdue White, but failed, according to the affidavit.

White then allegedly went to Yard Jobs' truck and hit it with the rod as officers commanded him to stop. White allegedly hit it three or four times, breaking the passenger side window and rearview mirror on the passenger side. The windshield also was cracked and the body of the metal truck body was dented by the hits, the affidavit said. 

One police officer tased White, but it failed. The officer tased White again, and he dropped to the ground; however he still resisted officers as they handcuffed him. 

White allegedly kept threatening officers with revenge as they transported him to the hospital for medical treatment, which he refused. 

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