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Suspect in killing of woman, 3 young children arrested in Lafayette

Cohen Bennet Hancz-Barron, 21, is suspected of killing three young children and a woman in Fort Wayne Wednesday morning.
Credit: Fort Wayne Police Department
Cohen Hancz-Barron

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A man accused of murdering three children and a woman in a Fort Wayne home Wednesday was arrested in Lafayette.

Twenty-one-year-old Cohen Bennet Hancz-Barron was arrested around 5:15 p.m. at an apartment complex in Lafayette, according to a report from WPTA-TV. He was arrested as part of a joint effort between the Fort Wayne Police Department and Indiana State Police.

His Wednesday afternoon arrest concluded a statewide manhunt for Hancz-Barron who police said was "considered armed and dangerous."

The children and woman were found just before 11 a.m. Wednesday when police were called to the 2900 block of Gay Street for an unknown problem.

While investigating, officers discovered three "very young children" and an adult woman who had been murdered, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Fort Wayne Police spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Webb described the scene in the home as "gruesome." Webb said the children were very young and the slayings likely occurred between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday. 

Police identified Hancz-Barron as the suspect. Webb said Hancz-Barron knew the woman and the three children, but police do not know what his relationship was to the four victims.

The public was told to keep an eye out for Hancz-Barron and a black stolen 2010 Ford truck with the license plate "RASHAD." According to police, Hancz-Barron was last seen driving this truck. 

Credit: Fort Wayne Police Department
Cohen Bennett Hancz-Barron was last seen driving a black 2010 Ford truck with the license plate "RASHAD."

Following his arrest, Hancz-Barron was taken back to Fort Wayne where he was expected to be booked into the Allen County Jail on four counts of murder. 


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