Troopers from the Indiana State Police arrested a 34-year-old Kendallville man on July 13 at a Ft. Wayne hotel on a Class A felony warrant out of LaGrange County and additional charges stemming from cases in Noble County.
According to Trooper Brian Kreger, at approximately 9 p.m. on July 12, he received information from the Kendallville Police Department indicating that Ernest Ray Arnold, 34, of Kendallville might be in the area of Dupont Rd. and I-69. With the assistance of the Ft. Wayne Police Department, Arnold’s vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Value Place hotel at approximately midnight.
At approximately 12:30 a.m., on July 13, and after verifying with hotel management that Arnold was the occupant of one of their rooms, Kreger and other officers from the state and Ft. Wayne Police departments went to Arnold’s room. Arnold was located, identified and taken into custody without incident.
Arnoldwas allegedly in the possession of two handguns, one of which was loaded, and precursors commonly associated with the production of methamphetamine. No meth labs were located in the hotel room.
A 26-year-old female who was in the room with Arnold was questioned and later released.
Arnoldwas taken to the Allen County Lockup to be held on the LaGrange and Noble County warrants. Assisting were the Kendallville and Ft. Wayne police departments.
Arnoldwas sought for warrants in LaGrange County for manufacturing or delivering meth within 1,000 ft. of a school or public park, a Class A felony, and in Noble County for animal cruelty, failure to appear for dealing meth, a Class B felony, dealing a Schedule I, II or III Controlled Substance, a Class B felony, and possession of meth, a Class D felony.