South Bend Police Department Press Release

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

 

Morning Bank Robbery Leads to SWAT Action

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At about 9:35 a.m. this morning, South Bend Police Department (SBPD) dispatchers were notified of a robbery at 1st Source Bank in River Park. Officers responded and were advised two male suspects had threatened they had a gun, passed a demand note to the teller and exited the bank with stolen currency. No-one was hurt, although a dye pack was inserted in the money and it was reported to have exploded as the suspects were heading east.

A witness to their escape attempt told one of the responding officers the suspects had ran down an alley to a waiting mini-van. Obtaining the vehicle and suspect information, Cpl. Keith Vergon promptly radioed the descriptions and several SBPD un its responded in their assigned areas to be on the lookout for the robbers.

Shortly thereafter detectives Sgt. Jim Walsh and Cpl. Ron Nowicki spotted the vehicle, and during the pursuit it was also discovered the vehicle was stolen. The suspects stopped and exited the vehicle initiating a foot pursuit in the area of Calvert and Miami, and one suspect was apprehended by police. An arrest was made but it is not connected to the This mornings robbery. The arrested persons possible involvement in todays robbery is being looked into at this time.

A witness reported the other suspect had entered a residence in the 1100 block of Bowman and after repeated attempts to convince the suspect to surrender went unheeded, the SWAT/ Negotiation Team was called out. After successful negotiations a short while later, the three people inside the residence came out without incident and were undergoing questioning by police.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 289-STOP or the SBPD Detective Bureau, Cpl. Ron Nowicki at 574-235-7545.





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