FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — An arrest has been made in a double killing in a home near Glenbrook Square Mall late last week.
Tre Zwieg, 19, faces two counts of Murder, two counts of Felony Murder, and one count of Burglary related to the deaths of 19-year-old Brendan Steave Cole of Fort Wayne and Juan Jose Ramirez, Jr., 16, from Ypsilanti, Michigan, in a home in the 700 block of Cumberland Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. Dec. 3.
Police and medics were called to the home, located near the split of North Clinton Street and Coldwater Road, on a report of a person down in a garage. A homeowner came home and found her garage door open, and a man down inside the garage. When officers arrived at the scene, they found two victims in the garage of the home.
According to a probable cause affidavit, both Cole and Ramirez were wearing ski masks and one was wearing a glove. Police found multiple 9mm casings around them, the affidavit said.
Nearby, police found large hedge trimmers with a broken tip and a piece of wood had been broken off a door frame.
Both were declared dead at the scene.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Cole and Ramirez died of multiple gunshot wounds, and their deaths were ruled homicides.
The affidavit said around 10:45 p.m. the night before, police received a report of about 10 gunshots being fired in the area. A neighbor said she was outside smoking when she heard five gunshots then a pause, then five more shots, the affidavit said.
The affidavit said in August 2021, Cole was pulled over in a traffic stop, with Zwieg in the vehicle, “showing a prior association between the two.” Zwieg’s listed address in the FWPD database was less than 300 yards from the crime scene, and police used a “sophisticated investigative technique” to trace the location of his online profile and his cell phone to the time of the shootings, affidavit detailed.
In a search of Zwieg’s home Saturday, police found three empty handgun magazines and a live round that matched the type that was found at the crime scene, and a makeshift ski mask, the affidavit said.
Also on Saturday, homicide detective Brian Martin interviewed Zwieg and had Zwieg’s red Apple iPhone SE forensically examined. On it were several photos and videos of guns and ammunition, some of them Zweig apparently attempted to delete, court documents said. One of the guns was 9mm Hornaday, the same type of ammunition found at the scene.
Zwieg told a story of going to work at a Fort Wayne restaurant Thursday afternoon and working until 9:45 p.m. When he got off work, he asked his girlfriend to give him a ride to his mother’s house and then to an apartment on Ridgewood Drive, not far from the Cumberland Drive home.
The girlfriend told him she had to be home around 10:45 p.m. around the same time the Cumberland Drive neighbor reported hearing a total of 10 shots.
Zwieg said he fell asleep at the apartment on Ridgewood Drive and woke up at 3:30 a.m., court documents indicated.
The information didn’t corroborate the girlfriend’s story told to police.
The girlfriend told Martin that she got a call from Zwieg’s mother that she’d left a necklace at her residence and asked her to come get it. When the girlfriend arrived, Zwieg took her into the bathroom and asked her to lie for him, court documents said.
Zwieg told her that “if she loved him she needed to tell the police that she was with him between the times of 10:35 p.m. and 10:55 p.m. on Thursday and to say that she came inside the apartment and that they had sex before leaving,” court documents said.
The girlfriend reported that Zwieg wouldn’t let her leave the bathroom until she agreed to give the alibi.
It’s not clear from the affidavit what led up to the fatal shootings.
Zwieg was arrested early Wednesday around 1 a.m. in Indianapolis close to Ben Davis High School, Sgt. Tim Hughes, head of the FWPD homicide unit said. The arrest was made by FWPD homicide and the Vice & Narcotics Unit and the Indiana State Police.