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Man charged with allegedly shooting at ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend

Derek A. Saylor
Derek A. Saylor
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Monday, June 19, 2017 02:08 pm

A man appeared in court Monday morning in Allen Superior Court to answer to charges that he alleged shot at his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend.

Derek A. Saylor, 39, of New Haven, faces four charges of criminal recklessness — shooting a firearm into an inhabited dwelling, Level 5 felonies, according to court documents.

Police responded at 8:58 p.m. June 8 to a report of shots fired as the victim, the ex-girlfriend of Saylor's, and her current boyfriend were shot at, allegedly by Saylor. 

According to a probable-cause affidavit, the woman, who dated Saylor for nine months, told police he came by the trailer she shared with her father to pay her $500 to repair her car windows that were shot out on April 20, also allegedly by Saylor, because Saylor had allegedly sent her threatening texts and Facebook messages since their break-up.

On June 8, Saylor allegedly waved the money and called for her to come out. The woman's boyfriend, who had been asleep, woke up and went outside to see what was happening. According to both the woman and her boyfriend, Saylor pulled out a revolver and emptied it while shooting at them. Saylor allegedly ran to a van that pulled up and got another gun. He and the driver of the van allegedly continued to shoot at them while using the van as cover. Then both left in different directions, but the victims saw Saylor ride his motorcycle toward Parrot Road, the affidavit said.

The woman told police Saylor was an "Outlaw" affiliate trying to get into the Outlaw Clubhouse in Waynedale. 

Police found multiple 9 mm shell casings in the road and one silver 9 mm live round on the shoulder of the road. Bullet holes were found in the front of the trailer, with two in a bedroom wall adjacent to the kitchen, and the bullet found on the couch and bed. Another bullet struck an air conditioner. Three bullet holes were found in the back of another trailer behind the trailer in which the woman lived. Three bullets penetrated the kitchen wall, the bedroom wall and one through the bathroom wall into the main wall. Two people were sleeping in that trailer at the time, the affidavit said.

At about that time, police received word Saylor was involved in a motorcycle accident, in which he fled on foot eastbound to the tree line north of Hoagland Road. A search for Saylor was canceled at 1:30 a.m. and police towed his motorcycle.

On June 9, police received a man down call when a man found Saylor inside his car in his garage. Saylor was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries from the accident, the affidavit said.

Saylor appears in court again on Aug. 7.

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