Amber Alert for Ft. Wayne, IN

  1. Amber Alert Issued In Fort Wayne
    (Fort Wayne, IN)--The city of Fort Wayne has issued its first Amber Alert. Police are searching for 17-year old Cheri Sue Hartman. She was last seen wearing an Arby's uniform, and is described as being 5'9" tall, weighing 130 pounds, with copper or orange color hair. Police say she was last seen in the 1900 block of Sinclair just after eleven Monday night. A witness tells police she saw Hartman being beaten by two men before being forced into a vehicle where a third man was seated. Police are looking for a 1992 blue Chevy Corsica with a luggage rack. The car has Indiana license plates: 2EJ948. If you have any information please call 911 immediately. (Edited by Paula Hinton)

    Just thought I would post this so people could be on the lookout. Thanks.
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   GPatty
    I am curious...
    if witnesses saw her being beaten by men....why didn't the witness yell for help? blow her car horn? flash her car lights? something?
    I guess I'm a bit more bull headed than most...I'd do something to get attention...
    as my daughter likes to tell me...
    "Mom, quit! You're gonna get us shot!" (In a laughing voice though)
    God be with this child....
  4. by   delirium
    Omg, how terrible. I, like Julie, wonder why nothing else was done. I have also been accused of trying to get myself shot, btw.

    If there's any way we can get a picture of her, that might help. I know a lot of allnurses folks are in the midwest.
  5. by   Lausana
    Thanks Dees,
    It sure makes it real, when it's my hometown Very glad to have Amber Alert here though I hope it will help...

    I'm too wondering why the witness didn't make some kind of commotion to draw others attention-it seems they had plenty of time to get a lot of details.

    Also, why she was still working at 11...I'm pretty sure that until you're 18 you aren't allowed to work that late, til close, at least it used to be for me...I guess now we know why--it's not a good time for a girl to be working.
  6. by   prn nurse
    I'll keep my eyes peeled.

    Most people simply won't gret involved.

    It's disgusting....lazy Americans....bellying up to the next "All you can shovel"
  7. by   JailRN
    Sorry that we NEED Amber Alert, but glad we have it. Hope this young lady is found. Soon.

    People just don't want to get involved, too scared. Some won't even tell police what they saw after the fact. Scary
  8. by   delirium
    I've been looking on various news sites, trying to find a picture of her that I can post, but I've been unable to locate one.

    I'll keep checking. Physical descriptions are great, but maybe if someone in IN sees the pic, then sees her at the grocery store or whatever, the connection will be made quicker.

    I hope she's found, alive and well.
  9. by   Lausana
    Here's a link to an update w/ picture.
    http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/3902272.htm
  10. by   studentOH
    A lot of people are afraid to get involved. Remember the guy that was trying to ignite the explosives in his shoes on that American plane a few months ago? No one said anything, the flight attendant caught him!

    I guess nurses are more assertive that most...glad to see I'll soon be with my people *lol*.

    Keep us posted on the young woman...
  11. by   Mkue
    I'm only about 90 min. from Ft. Wayne, here in Ohio.. I've fowarded your message on, to friends and family !

    Yes, thank goodness for Amber Alerts!
  12. by   deespoohbear
    When I posted that this morning, I didn't hear any of the details. I heard more on the noon news. I too, wonder why if people saw this young lady being beaten why didn't they do something? Maybe the scumwads had guns or something. I hope they at least called the police. They did give the names of the suspects on the news earlier today.

    Lausana- You can work till 11 or so if you are past the age of 17. My nephew worked till 11 at our local McDonald's (in Berne) during his senior year of school. Seems late to me for a high schooler to be working on a school night though.
  13. by   l.rae
    l am only a couple hrs away frm Fort Wayne..maybe less...you know a pt's dgter once shared this story w/ me...she was walking in froger parking lot just b4 dark..not a bad neighborhood...a guy approached her and wound her shoulder bag around her arm..(she was carrying it on her shoulder) and attempted to pull her into a van!...says she will never carry her purse on her shoulder again...she got away kicking and screaming....with several onlookers...no interfered(sp)......LR
  14. by   Lausana
    I figured I'd give the update on our first Amber Alert It was successful in the way that a man driving down the highway spotting the vehicle & an arrest was made. But unfortunately it was too late for the teen. I'll enclose a couple link if interested, one with details, one that discusses the kinks in the Alert.

    But, what bothers me, is that I've not heard one bit about this girl other than of course on the news. On the radio they keep repeating the success of the alert. To me it's not a success when a young girl is dead. There should not have been a need for an alert, with neighbors sitting on their butts on the front porch across the street watching the show I'm sure a couple of adults could dominate a situation with teens...or at least get the girl inside to safety. Grrrr. I certainly hope my neighbors wouldn't just watch if I was being severely beaten in the street. Maybe it was because it was a "bad" neighborhood, or because she was a "troubled teen" as one article stated.

    Sorry for the ranting, We just don't get a lot of this around here...and people apathy towards it is mindblowing.


    http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/3909671.htm

    http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/3909671.htm

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