Five people were robbed in trio of separate attacks last night in South Bend.
The first robbery happened at around 9 p.m. when homeowner Mary Nyers arrived back at her house on the 2000 block of Prairie Avenue with groceries in tow. She found the back door ajar, and when she entered, saw a thin, black man about five-foot-one to three inches tall inside.
When Nyers started to scream the man punched her in the face, pushed her to the ground, and proceeded to grab everything in her hands including her purse, keys, credit cards, and bank statements. After the attack Nyers sustained minor cuts
to her left palm but did not need to be taken to the hospital.
Another robbery took place at around 11:40 p.m. on Lincolnway Avenue. Twenty-year-old South Bend resident James Ellis was walking along Lincolnway with his cousin from the Citgo gas station when a man approached them from behind. He placed a gun at them and said “give me everything you’ve got,” forcing Ellis to remove his chain necklace and throw it towards him.
The suspect then took the necklace and ran off. The suspect is described as a black man, around five feet-ten inches tall, and was wearing black jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt.
On the 300-block of East La Salle, Christopher William, 25, and his girlfriend were sitting along the East Race talking when someone walked up behind them and put a gun to William’s head.
The gunman told them, “if you move, I’ll shoot you” and started to search William’s pockets. He took off with $140 of William’s cash and credit cards. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, who was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.