Police beef up security after South Bend robberies

By: Kevin Lewis Email
By: Kevin Lewis Email

Three Notre Dame students were threatened with their lives overnight during an armed robbery.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. Sunday as three girls, all in their early twenties, walked down the 900-block of Notre Dame Ave.

The girls told police that a young black man wearing a white T-shirt and khaki shorts, pulled-out a small black handgun and told them, "Give me your money or I'll shoot you."

The students, who described the ordeal as "terrifying," got on the ground and each gave the gunman $20 before he ran off on foot.

Just minutes before, a different gunman ambushed a 35-year-old Notre Dame employee outside her home in the 700-block of Leland Ave. near Leeper Park.

Police say the woman was walking from her car with her dog when a black gunman, wearing a brown jacket with yellow striped sleeves and light colored pants, grabbed her backpack with a laptop, cell phone and wallet inside.

The gunman, who also had diamond earrings and gold lining around his front teeth, ran away on foot.

Despite the proximity in time, police do not believe the two armed robberies are connected.

Anyone with information about either gunman is urged to call the South Bend Police Department at: (574) 235-9201.

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