Warsaw home invasion leads to police chase and arrest

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Warsaw Police responded to a Market Street address after reports of a subject breaking into the residence on Saturday morning around 1 a.m.

According to reports, the victim told police her ex-husband, identified as Ryan Paul Nicholas Rautenberg, 27, of Warsaw, kicked in the front door and battered her in front of their two young children.

When police arrived on the scene, Rautenberg had left in a vehicle. The victim also told police that it appeared her ex-husband was extremely intoxicated.

Shortly after, around 1:30 a.m., a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputy located Rautenberg’s vehicle near U.S. 30 and County Road 250 E. The deputy attempted a traffic stop but the suspect fled in his vehicle westbound on U.S. 30.

The pursuit continued until Rautenberg lost control, struck a tree, and collided with a Winona Lake Police vehicle at the T-intersection of Fox Farm Road and County Road 300 N.,

Neither Rautenberg nor the Winona Lake officer were injured, but the suspect was transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital by MTEMS to be medically cleared and for alcohol testing.

Once he was cleared, Rautenberg was taken to the Kosciusko County Jail where he was booked in on felony charges of fleeing/resisting law enforcement and operating while intoxicated. Additional charges of felony residential entry by force and felony domestic battery in the presence of minor children are pending.

Rautenberg is being held on a $2,000 surety bond.