South Bend Police Department Press Release

Sunday, July 23, 2006


SB Officer Launches Fund Raiser for Suicide Prevention Council


SBPD officer Chris Krueger launches “Staying Afloat” fundraiser for Suicide Prevention Council of St. Joseph County and Surrounding Areas (SPCSJC)

In memory of his sister Amy Elaine Krueger, South Bend Police Corporal Chris Krueger is donating proceeds from his annual July fundraiser to the Suicide Prevention Council of St. Joseph County and Surrounding Areas. While his sister’s suicide took away her time on this earth, Cpl. Krueger is dedicating his own time in support of the lifesaving efforts of this community service organization. And his personal hope is to hold on to Amy’s vibrancy—to keep her spirit alive through celebrating life.

So get on board with Officer Krueger and friends when they launch this year’s “Staying Afloat” Boat-a-Thon, July 29-30, for 36 hours in the St. Joseph River, just off the shoreline at Margaret Prickett Marina (next to Wyland’s Mishawaka Marine) at 13108 East Jefferson Avenue.

Fun, food, and all sorts of festivities will abound during the family-friendly event…and the public is invited to come out during park hours of 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. to cheer on Cpl. Krueger out on the boat. Musical acts, karaoke, K-9 demos, dunk tanks and other surprises are planned during the weekend.

What: “Staying Afloat” Boat-a-Thon for the Suicide Prevention Council…
When: Saturday, July 29, 8:00 a.m. – Sunday, July 30, 8:00 p.m.
Park hours are 7:00 a.m.—10:00 p.m. daily
Where: Margaret Prickett Marina, 13108 E. Jefferson Ave., in Mishawaka
Cost: Free—Fees for food/ beverages but portion of proceeds will be donated

While the event is free, tax-deductible donations to the Suicide Prevention Council of St. Joseph County are encouraged, and representatives will be on-site at various hours to educate the community about their programs. The SPCSJC fosters collaboration through needs assessment, education and training, and active participation in the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition. Since 2002, the organization has worked to address the community’s needs on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Shooting on East Side Leaves Female in Critical Condition


Re: Shooting; 408 S. 25th St.; 11:42 am

On this date, at 11:42 am, the South Bend Police Department dispatch center received a call of a shooting at the above address which is located in the Courtyard Place apartment complex in the 2500 block of E. Jefferson Blvd.

Officers and medics arrived to find a female gunshot victim. The female was rushed to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. The suspect in this case reportedly fled on foot into the complex.

Additional officers arrived and a number of likely apartments to which the suspect may have fled were determined. As the suspect was armed, members of the South Bend Police Department SWAT team were summoned and several apartments were searched to no avail.

The Saint Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (MHU) was called to investigate due to the severity of the victims injuries.

At approximately 3:15 pm, and individual arrived at the South Bend Police Department headquarters and stated he wanted to “turn himself in” in connection with this incident. The subject was immediately transported to the MHU where he is being questioned at this hour.

Any persons with information relevant to this case are asked to call the MHU at 574-235-5009, or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.

Further information on the victim and/or suspect identities will be made by the MHU or St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office as warranted.

The motive for this crime is not known at this time.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Morning Bank Robbery Leads to SWAT Action

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.

Friday, July 07, 2006


West Side Stabbing Leaves One Hospitalized One in Custody

At 3:24pm, this date, the South Bend Police Department received a call of a female stabbing victim at 425 S. Alonzo Watson Dr., Unit I-1.

Police and South Bend Fire Dept. medics arrived to find a 42 year old female (Deborah Ann Swoaks, of South Bend) who had been stabbed once in the side of the head. Although bleeding profusely, medics were able to stabilize the female and she was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The injury is believed to be non-life-threatening.

South Bend Police at the scene took the resident of the above address into custody and he is being preliminarily charged with Felony Aggravated Assault. The suspect in this case is identified as Dan Jones, male 68 of S. Alonzo Watson Dr.

There was a third person in the residence at the time of the incident; however she is not believed to have played a role in the assault, and has been released after questioning.

The details and motive for this assault are not clear at this time, however the South Bend Police Department is continuing the investigation.

Monday, July 03, 2006


Investigaion Initiated in Kinyon Street Death


The South Bend Police Department received an emergency call into its Communications Center on July 2, 2006 at approximately 9:48 pm reference a pit bull attacking a male victim inside of 1013 Kinyon Street. It was further reported that this physical altercation also involved another male party inside of the residence. South Bend Police and Fire Department Officers responded and discovered a male victim in need of emergency medical treatment and a pit bull that needed to be removed from the home. A second male party initially refused to exit the home but was later successfully removed from the residence by authorities along with a weapon. Both parties were transported to Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries by the South Bend Fire Department. One of the two parties has since expired resulting in the activation of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit.

The Metro Homicide Unit will conduct a in-depth investigation and will make public the facts of this case. The name of the deceased victim is being withheld until his next of kin are notified. The exact cause of death will be determined following an autopsy.

If anyone has any information reference this death investigation, please call the Metro Homicide Unit at 574-235-5009.


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