Miami County, IN – Miami County Deputies were dispatched to the 5400 block of S. 400 W., Peru on Monday, April 29, 2019, at approximately 1:30 p.m. for a report of a burglary in progress.
MCSD Deputy Jacob M. Forgey arrived on scene and observed a red Dodge pick-up truck parked in front of the residence with the bed cover open.
According to his probable cause affidavit, Deputy Forgey met with the complainant who stated the suspects were still inside the residence.
With other law enforcement officers now on the scene, Deputy Forgey made his way to the east side of the residence securing the perimeter. On the east side of the house, he noticed a window to be open and he could hear movement coming from inside. Forgey stepped back and advised Deputy Jumper that he could hear someone inside.
Shortly after stepping back, Deputy Fogey heard something hit the ground like it was thrown out the window. He made his way back to the window and noticed a bag of something lying on the ground where it wasn’t there before.
Cass County Deputy Patrick Zieder was on scene with his K9 partner Kurby. Zeider made an announcement for the suspects inside the residence to make themselves known or he would send in his dog. No suspect made any announcement.
After Deputy Zieder and ISP Trooper Miller made entry into the residence, a subject who would later be identified as Justin P. Reed, 49, Homeless attempted to exit the residence via the open window located on the east side of the residence where the bag had been thrown out of a few minutes earlier. Reed was then taken into custody by Deputy Jumper and MCSD Sergeant Gary Glassburn.
Mr. Reed was then asked if anyone else was inside the residence and he stated that a female named “Tanya Smith” was still inside the home.
At this time a female began to walk out the front door of the home and was taken into custody by Trooper Miller. The female was later identified as forty-six-year-old Alicia Damewood of Peru.
Deputy Jumper went to the red Dodge pick-up truck located in the driveway and found several bags containing miscellaneous items inside the vehicle. These items were identified as belonging to the homeowner.
The bag that was thrown out the east side window also held items from inside the residence.
Upon being searched, Mr. Reed had a padlock and a package of small plastic bags that were also taken from inside the residence on his person.
Both Mr. Reed and Ms. Damewood were transported to the Miami County Jail. Once at the jail, Mr. Reed identified himself as “Justin P. Patrick”. He also identified himself as “Justin P. Patrick” while Deputy Forgey completed an incarceration report during booking.
After jail staff attempted to run a computer check on that name without success, Deputy Forgey learned that Justin’s real name was Justin P. Reed.
Jail staff also notified MCSD Sergeant Glassburn that Ms. Damewood attempted to flush two items while she was in the detox holding cell. Those items were confiscated and given to Sergeant Glassburn. The item was a gold in color coin and a wood coin that was identified by the homeowner and part of their property.
Justin Reed, 49, Homeless, faces charges of Burglary, Failure to Identify, and Possession of Stolen Property.
Alicia Damewood, 46, of Peru, faces charges of Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.