South Bend Home Invasion Frightens Residents

A home invasion in South Bend sent 12 people running for their lives early this morning.

It happened around 2:30 in the 11-hundred block of East Indiana Avenue to resident Angelica Mecedo who is now in good spirits and relieved.

Early Friday morning around 2:30, the home she was staying in on Indiana Avenue was broken into by 5 men all with weapons.

"They pointed their guns at us, they had 2 small hand guns, one had a machete and one had a shot gun and a knife and the American one had duct tape and everything so we didn't know what he was going to do with us," says Macedo.

Macedo recalls, "They were mostly saying shut up shut be quiet, sit down, everybody don't move and that's all."

Angelica and 11 other people including 7 children, quickly called police, who were nearby in the area.

Police arrived on the scene minutes later and were able to have some verbal contact with the suspects, so the S.W.A.T. team was not called.

Instead, a "surround and call out" technique was used calling out each suspect until they cooperate.

As some police began to approach the house in the back, the suspects tried to leave through the front.

Now a woman who lives inside the house tells Newscenter 16 that there was a pool table pushed against the front door.

That is there to keep intruders from getting inside the house, however with Friday morning's home invasion; it kept the intruders from getting out.

"They were surprised by the time they tried to get out but they knew they weren't going to get out because they saw the pool table," says Macedo.

Two other South Bend home invasions happened Friday morning, though police are not confirming if they are all related, no one was hurt and neighbors say this is a fairly high crime area

"Theft is pretty common in this neighborhood, vandalism is common in this neighborhood but breaking in while you're home that's another story," says neighbor Richard O’Grady.

All fives suspects, one adult and four juveniles, were arrested without incident and the 12 people in the house though very scared and shaken up, were unharmed.

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