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Indiana police on Wednesday arrested a man suspected in the “gruesome” killing of a woman and three young children earlier in the day, reports said.
Cohen Bennet Hancz-Barron, 21, was taken into custody hours after cops named him as a suspect and warned he was considered “armed and extremely dangerous.”
Fort Wayne police haven’t identified the four victims or said how they were killed, but Fort Wayne Sgt. Jeremy Webb told KTLA 5 that the children were “very young.”
“When you have murdered children, it’s going to be gruesome,” Webb said.
Cops found the bodies at about 10:45 a.m. after responding to “an unknown problem,” a press release from the Fort Wayne Police Department said.
It wasn’t clear what Hancz-Barron’s relationship to the kids or the woman was, Webb reportedly said – but the suspect was identified after discussions with family and friends.
News of the killings shocked the neighborhood in Fort Wayne, a city about two hours north from Indianapolis.
“You hear this happen in other states and in different area, but this is really close to home,” Karen Whittaker, who was visiting her daughter down the street from the killings, told WPTA 21.
“I didn’t see anything, just heard crying, loud sobbing and heard a woman say ‘They’re all gone,” Whittaker added.
“I picked her up and held her until she was okay.”
Hancz-Barron already had a warrant out for his arrest on a parole violation, jconline.com reported.
He had been released from prison into a halfway house in Lafayette, near Fort Wayne, in February but skipped out on the home and correction supervision. He is also suspected of stealing a Ford pickup truck as he left the area of the killing, jconline said.
Police arrested Hancz-Barron in an apartment complex at just before 5 p.m Wednesday after netting tips about his whereabouts, the publication said.
The allegedly stolen truck was found a block away from the apartment complex where he was arrested, the report said.
It wasn’t clear if Hancz-Barron had been charged yet. A call from The Post to Fort Wayne police wasn’t immediately returned.
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