Three men are under arrest after another Craigslist robbery.
The latest case happened Sunday night in the 400 block of South 28th Street in South Bend. A mother and her son were responding to a Craigslist ad for a moped. When they arrived at the designated meeting place, the mother was robbed at gunpoint at around 7:15 p.m.
The suspects got away with about $1,000, credit cards and other personal belongings.
A woman who lives a few houses down from where the robbery occurred, but requested to remain anonymous, said she saw an unfamiliar car pull up to a house. Then she noticed a woman, and who appeared to be her son, running back to their vehicle.
Police arrived to interview the victim, but the suspects had already fled the scene. Two possible suspects were spotted running toward the Courtyard Apartments, the site of a similar robbery last week involving the sale of a moped.
“We have not taken a moped in as evidence,” said Lt. Scott Hanley, from South Bend Police. “We just have copies of the moped ads. Both are the Zuma mopeds.”
Residents at the apartment complex helped police track down three men. Terrance Peterson, 25, Jermain Suggs, 29, and Keith Anderson, 19, were arrested. Formal charges are expected to be filed Tuesday.
Two of the men have had addresses at the apartment complex in the past but it is still unclear if they are currently living there, according to police. One of the men does have a criminal history.
Just last week, Newscenter 16 looked into other robberies that followed this same story-line. One victim arrived at the Courtyard Apartments to pick up a moped advertised on Craigslist and later was robbed at gunpoint as well. Investigators are currently trying to piece together information to determine if several robberies involving internet ads are related.
“There are a few cases that go back a month,” Hanley said. “But it has become very prevalent in the past two weeks.”
Recent robberies involving an online component mostly involve victims from out of town. Lt. Hanley is currently looking into cases where people were lured to South Bend from Plymouth, Elkhart and the Niles area.
“There have been six victims in the last two weeks,” Hanley said.