South Bend Police Department Press Release

Monday, January 29, 2007


Police Ask for Help Identifying Bank Robbery Suspect


At 9:53 am, the South Bend Police Department Dispatch Center received a report of an armed robbery to the MFB Financial Center, located inside the "One Michiana Square" complex, at 100 E. Wayne in downtown South Bend.

Officers arrived and were told that a suspect had entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect then left the bank with an undetermined amount of currency and fled westbound. Officers in the area searched for some time, but as of yet have been unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as: Male, African-American; Dark Complexion; 6'-00" to 6'-02"; Medium Build; No Facial Hair; Wearing a Tan/Brown Hooded Sweatshirt and a Black Knit Cap with a New York Yankees logo on the front.

If anyone can identify the suspect or knows additional information on this crime, they are asked to call the South Bend Police Department Investigative Division at 574-235-9263, or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

Sunday, January 21, 2007


AMBER ALERT From Elkhart, Indiana: CANCELLED

CANCELLED !! 01/23/2007 CANCELLED !!

The Elkhart P.D. is investigating FOUR abducted children from 2009 Francis Street, Elkhart, IN Information on the children is as follows: Jaylan Walker, a 9 year old black male, 4’ tall 60 pounds, last seen wearing green pants and striped green shirt with a beige coat Justin Walker, a 8 year old black male, 4’ tall 60 pounds, last seen wearing a navy blue fleece warm-up outfit and a blue coat Kyara Walker, a 6 year old black female, 3’ tall 35 pounds, last seen wearing beige pants, a pink coat and blue shoes Kayla Walker, a 16 month old black female, last seen wearing beige pants, a burgundy coat and a cream colored hat The children were last seen at 11:27 a.m. EST, at the time they were abducted and are believed to be in extreme danger. The Elkhart P.D. said the children were likely abducted by Jerry D. White, a 30 year old black male, 5’10”, 165, Black hair and Brown eyes. Jerry D. White is alleged to have shot one person just prior to abducting the children and also abducted the children’s mother, Kimberly N. Walker, a 31 year old black female, 5’6”, 105, last seen wearing jeans, a navy and light blue jacket and tennis shoes. Jerry D. White fled the area of the abduction with the children and mother, as described, and is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing Jerry D. White or the children and mother should call the Elkhart P.D. at 1-888-58AMBER that number is 1-888-582-6237.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Additional Bodies Found at Investigation Site

Today, January 12, 2007, two additional bodies have been located in a manhole on the right-of-way of the Norfolk Southern Railroad property, in close proximity to the location where two bodies were located earlier this week.

Police located the bodies during a systematic search of the area, beginning from the location of the bodies found January 9, 2007. After finding the two bodies on January 9, police expanded the search to manholes and other locations frequented by scrappers in the area.

The bodies discovered today appear at this time to be connected to the bodies found on January 9. The manner of death, while not yet determined through an autopsy, appears to be homicide, and appears to be similar to the deaths of Michael S. Nolen, Jr., and Michael William Lawson.

The bodies have been removed from the manhole. Autopsies will be scheduled to determine the manner and cause of death, and to make identifications of the men.

Identities have not been confirmed at this time. Family members of missing male subjects from this vicinity have been notified of the discovery of the bodies. County Metro Homicide Unit investigators will work with these families to confirm the identities of the deceased men. Identities will be made public after they have been confirmed, and the families of both men have been notified.

The South Bend Police, South Bend Fire Department, County Metro Homicide Unit, and Railroad Police with Norfolk Southern have collaborated on the investigation. Cadaver dogs have been brought into the area to assist police in the search for evidence and victims.

The police ask that anyone who owns a building or property that is frequented by scrappers to please check your property, or contact the police to check your property for other victims or evidence in this matter.

Police also ask that citizens respect the fact that this area is not only a secured crime scene, but also the private property of Norfolk Southern Railroad. Anyone venturing onto the property to see the area where the bodies were located may be prosecuted for trespassing.

South Bend Mayor Steven Luecke has been briefed about the situation, and has requested that the police use all available resources to assist the Count Metro Homicide Unit in their investigation into the homicides of the men whose bodies have been found.

Anyone with information about the deaths of Michael S. Nolen, Jr., Michael W. Lawson, and the two men whose bodies were found today is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP or County Metro Homicide Unit at 235-5009.

As more information is learned about the deaths of these men that can be shared with the media, a release will be issued by law enforcement.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


2 Bodies Found Under Manhole

At approximately 10:00am on this date a South Bend Police Department detective and patrol officer were searching for the whereabouts of a missing individual. This person was known to frequent areas that were the target of scrap metal foragers. The officers were checking places that were likely ingress/egress points into locations of this type when they opened a manhole in the 600 block of South Taylor Street in South Bend and found two deceased males at the bottom of the pit.

At this time, both the manner of death and identity of the two men are unknown. The Saint Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit has been called in to investigate the discovery and is on the scene at this time. The actual location of the manhole is on elevated railroad property adjacent to the 600 block of South Taylor Street.

The South Bend Police Department would like to remind everyone that venturing onto active or abandon industrial property without permission carries an enormous amount of risks. Individuals are once again asked to respect private property.


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