Woman dies after battery inside home; man arrested

Local News

A woman found critically hurt after a battery early Wednesday morning has died.

Police responded to the 2800 block of Stanford Avenue around 1 a.m. after receiving a call that a battery had happened inside a home there. 

Officers entered the home and found a woman unconscious and unresponsive.

She was suffering from some kind of wounds, but it wasn’t immediately clear what had caused the injuries. 

Officers began CPR and first aid on the woman right away until medics and firefighters got there. Medics took the woman to a hospital in critical condition.

Police said later Wednesday that the woman had died. Her name, age and cause of death have not been made available.

“Officers were actually met by the door an individual turns out to be the suspect, covered in blood, indicated he had battered someone in the home,” says Fort Wayne Police Public Information Officer, Michael Joyner.

Police initially said the man – Jason Alan Steiss – was a “person of interest,” but he was arrested later and preliminarily charged with Domestic Battery.

He was taken into custody without incident.

Steiss is 6-feet-7 and 300 pounds, jail records show.

Steiss and the victim are family.

“There is a relationship there. From what I understand, they are family. In what shape or form they are related, I’m not sure. I’m not sure that they’re blood relation, but they are family. There is a tie in some way. And I think it’s clear because both residing at the home there on Stanford,” says Officer Joyner.

Detectives were knocking on neighbors’ doors, and crime scene technicians were gathering evidence Wednesday morning to try to gain a better understanding of what happened at the home. 

If the woman died from her injuries stemming from the battery, Steiss could face additional charges.  That will be up to the Allen County Prosecutor. 

The incident is under investigation.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Don't Miss