Details behind arrests at FW Children’s Zoo released

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): More details have come out after a pair of men involved in a shootout ended up being arrested at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo late last week.

Formal charges have been filed against 23-year-old Travis Ladd, 27-year-old Matthew Fox Jr., and 24-year-old Jontra Clark, all of Fort Wayne.

The Journal Gazette reports the whole situation started with a shootout between Fox and Ladd at a gas station at Lima and Fernhill Friday afternoon. That led to a chase where Fox and his passenger, Clark, crashed into a utility pole, jumped a fence, and tried to blend in with the crowds at the zoo, which was where they were caught by police.

Ladd and Clark were both charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and carrying a handgun without a license; Clark was also charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Fox was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, being a felon carrying a handgun, criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon, criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct.


  1. It was likely where they crashed was the Africa exhibit at the west end of Fernhill. They are lucky the fence they climbed wasn’t around the lion cage, though that would be a fence within a fence, for just situations.


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