South Bend Police Department Press Release

Thursday, June 29, 2006


Separate Search Warrants Net Large Amounts of Suspected Drugs

Officers of the St. Joseph County Metro Special Operations Section announce the arrest of two suspects in two separate drug warrants executed in South Bend.

The first warrant, conducted at 3901 Irish Hills Dr., Apt. 3B led to the arrest of Justin L. Hoffman of that address. Seized in the search was a large quantity of suspected Cocaine with a street value of approximately $50,000.00, Marijuana, a 9mm handgun and U.S. Currency.

Hoffman was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail on Felony charges of: Dealing in Cocaine; Possession of Cocaine; Felon in Possession of a Handgun; Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Possession of Stolen Property.

MSOS also conducted a search of a residence located at 1620 Eldora Ct. in South Bend. Arrested in this case was Raymond Jeziorski of the above address. Seized in this search was approximately 60 lbs. of Marijuana, U.S. Currency, five handguns and one semi-automatic rifle, and other items related to narcotic trafficking.

Jeziorski was arrested for Dealing in Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutors Office will review these two seperate cases for possible additional charges.

Citizens with information on the sales and distribution of Controlled Substances within St. Joseph County are urged to call the Metro Special Operations Section at 235-9243, or 235-9406. Or, as always, information can be transferred anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


South Side Credit Union Robbed by Couple

At 12:23 p.m. today, South Bend Police were notified of a bank robbery of the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union. Officers were advised two suspects—one male black and one female white—entered the bank, approached the teller windows, and demanded money.

One of the suspects made threats to a teller and after the employee complied, the suspects exited the bank through the northbound entry/ exit doors with an undisclosed amount of currency. They were last seen leaving in an eastbound direction.

No-one was physically harmed during the robbery. Evidence was recovered by police, but at this time, the suspects are still at large. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 289-STOP or the SBPD Detective Bureau, Cpl. Ron Nowicki at 574-235-7475.

Sunday, June 25, 2006


Homicide on South Bend's West Side

The South Bend Police were called to a shooting that occurred near the intersection of Cedarwood and Clearview Streets on the City's west side this evening at 10:32pm.

Officers arrived and found an 18 year old victim who had been shot. Fire Department medics arrived and rushed the victim to an area hospital with a life-threatening gunshot wound.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit has been activated and is currently Investigating the incident.

No positive identification has been made on the victim at this time. The circumstances of this incident are unclear, and any persons with information on this crime are asked to call the MHU at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.


The victim in this case, identified as Charles D. Wright, 18 of South Bend has died as a result of his injuries.

Thursday, June 22, 2006


Narcotics Unit Makes Large Seizure of Suspected Crack & Marijuana

The St. Joseph County Metro Special Operations Section, comprised of officers from St. Joseph County, Mishawaka and South Bend Police, with the assistance of the SBPD SWAT team executed a narcotics search warrant at 744 N. Diamond Avenue in the City. Seized was: A large quantity of suspected Crack Cocaine with a street value of approximately $12,000.00. Also located was a large amount of suspected Marijuana and U.S. Currency.

Arrested in the investigation was Ryan F. Fuller, age 34 of Red Bud Ln., South Bend. Fuller was jailed on charges of "Dealing in Cocaine" Class A Felony, Possession of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Arrest Made in Bank Robbery Investigation

Officers of the South Bend Police Department Investigative Division arrested LAMONT TATE, male 46 of South Bend for the robbery of the First Source Bank 2323 S. Michigan St. which occurred 06-06-06, at approximately 11:30am.

Mr. Tate had been identified by officers of the Third Detail Uniform Patrol Division and investigators of the Investigative Division as the suspect within hours of the robbery. Tate was located and arrested at the intersection of Main & South St. at approx 11:15 today without incident.

All evidence and currency involved in this incident has been recovered. Mr. Tate is currently being housed in the Saint Jospeh County Jail awaiting formal charging.

According to SBPD records, Tate has a prior conviction for Bank Robbery.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


2 Arrested in Burglary at Abandon Business

Two South Bend residents were taken into custody after being found in the act of burgalrizing an abandon River Park business late yesterday.

Allen L. howell 52, and Charles E. Howell Jr. 53, were arrested when uniform patrol officers discovered the two as they searched the abandon building that once housed the Qualex film processing plant on Mishawaka Avenue at Louise St.

Shortly after 6:30pm. Corporal Chris Krueger was dispatched to the vacant property to stand-by as personnel from a realty company secured a door when the suspects were discovered inside. Both suspects were arrested for Felony Burglary and Theft.

Police also located a substantial amount of tools and supplies needed to strip the building of its valuable copper pipes and wiring.

A spokesperson from the realty company stated that the loss of metal and damage to the building that had been done to reach the copper itself could be as high as $100,000.00.

Any persons with information regarding this case are asked to call Detective Sgt. James Walsh, at 235-9263.


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