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Brother-sister duo arrested after police chase

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A brother and sister duo have been arrested after police’s attempt to serve a warrant turned into an early morning pursuit.

The Fort Wayne Police Department said officers were searching for 18-year-old Demontre T. Burnett, who was wanted for kidnapping and robbery from an incident on March 27.

According to court documents, Burnett held a woman at gunpoint in the early morning hours of March 27 after he claimed she was trying to ‘set him up’. The woman said she knew Burnett as his alias, “Money”, who was at her apartment that evening after getting food.

Burnett claimed she was trying to set him up, and allegedly pointed a handgun at her face, stole her phone, and made her drive him to a location. Documents say he made the woman leave her 10-month-old child at home. Burnett then took the keys out of the ignition and fled on foot in the area of Lewis St.

Detectives then issued a warrant for Burnett’s arrest. Around 12:32 a.m. Monday morning, police were attempting to locate Burnett. They found a vehicle being driven by his sister, 21-year-old Shardae Burnett, with Demontre in the passenger seat.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but they fled, leading police on a pursuit. During the pursuit, police say Demontre threw a 9MM handgun out of the window.

Shardae then drove down a dead-end road, halting the pursuit. They were both taken into custody.

Damontre was arrested on the warrant charges of robbery and kidnapping, and a preliminary charge of carrying a handgun without a license.

Shardae was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement, assisting a criminal and unlicensed driver.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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