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Verbatim: Arrest of armed burglary suspect in Kosciusko County

From a report received Tuesday morning:

Kosciusko County Deputies arrest a North Manchester man at gunpoint yesterday after officers caught him breaking into his girlfriend's residence with a firearm.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department deputies responded Monday shortly afternoon to a report of a possible burglary in progress just west of the town of Pierceton. K.C.S.D. Sgt. Floyd Knafel arrived at the 6511 East Pierceton Road residence and immediately noted a shattered door to the residence. Moments later at suspect, later identified as Troy Michael Frieden, 38, North Manchester, exited the home covered in blood and was held at gunpoint until taken into custody by K.C.S.D. Cpl. Chris Rager. Frieden was found to have in his possession two handguns, a .22 caliber Browning and a 9 mm Smith & Wesson.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department detectives stated that Frieden had apparently broken into the residence through a garage entry door and sliced his hand in the process. Once inside the home, Frieden had discharged one weapon into the engine compartment of the victim's vehicle as it was parked inside the garage. Frieden then proceeded to canvas the entire house looking for his ex-girlfriend, leaving a trail of blood splatters throughout. Frieden also broke several glass objects inside the residence as well as firing rounds into two televisions. The victim fortunately was not at the home during the time Frieden had entered the dwelling or the ultimate outcome could have been traumatically different according to officers at the scene.

Frieden was initially transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital for his lacerations before being taken to the Kosciusko County Jail. Frieden is currently being held on a prosecutorial hold by Kosciusko County Prosecutor Dan Hampton. Detectives are currently seeking potential charges of felony burglary with a deadly weapon, intimidation with a firearm, and criminal recklessness. The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department was assisted during the investigation by the Winona Lake Police Department and the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office.

The Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office advises that the defendant's charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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