Kosciusko Co. standoff ends with surrender, arrest

A standoff with law enforcement ended with the arrest of an Elkhart man.


Shortly before 11:00 am Thursday in the area of CR 700 S near CR 425 W in Kosciusko County, crews were directing traffic for an electrical pole project.   Witnesses state that a man entered several vehicles and then took off running towards a neighboring home, removing clothing as he was running.  Members of the utility crew notified the occupant of the home; stopping her from answering the door.  The suspect again tried to enter another vehicle and then ran to another residence; where he forced entry through a back window. 


Officers from the Mentone and Claypool Police Departments arrived within minutes of the initial call and confirmed the suspect was inside.  The suspect was identified as Quincy Jenkins, 27, of Elkhart.  Dispatchers made contact with the homeowner, who told police there was no one else inside the residence.  The homeowner responded to the scene and was instrumental in relaying vital information to deputies. 


Multiple attempts were made to communicate with Jenkins; who refused to answer.  Kosciusko County SWAT was activated and a plan was established to enter the residence.  Officers placed a robot inside the back door of the home and were able to observe the interior.  Jenkins finally surrendered after speaking with officers through the robot’s communication system.  He was taken into custody without further incident and transported to an area hospital for medical evaluation. 


Formal charges are pending.