UPDATE: Police believe morning home invasions were "planned and very targeted"

By: Christine Karsten, Gabby Gonzalez Email
By: Christine Karsten, Gabby Gonzalez Email
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A family was stirred awake Wednesday morning when three armed men invaded their apartment.

Two of the suspects proceeded to take a woman and her child from the apartment to a home across town where they reportedly carried out another home invasion.

The first home invasion happened around 4 a.m. at the Park Jefferson apartments.

Three men wearing masks and carrying weapons broke into an apartment where a family slept. Two of the intruders transported a female victim and her child to the 1600 block of S Nash. Another adult victim and three children remained at the first apartment with the other suspect.

The woman and infant were transported to the second location in the victim's purple Chevy Equinox. It appears the suspect did not find what he was looking for at the Nash Street home. The suspect fled the scene in the woman’s car.

The female victim was able to call police and notify them of the incident. She also told authorities about the situation at Park Jefferson.

South Bend Police arrived at the scene just before 4:30 a.m. SWAT team members eventually made entry into the apartment, but the suspect had already fled.

"We thought we had a hostage situation - a very serious situation unfolding," South Bend Police Captain Phil Trent. That is why the SWAT team was called. But luckily it wasn't the case. "They were needing help out of their residence, but at least they weren't held hostage."

Fortunately no one was injured in either home invasion. The initial call made officers suspect much worse.

There is no indication what prompted the home invasion, or why the woman and child were taken to the second scene. Police do not believe it was random, and no one else is believed to be in custody.

Trent said the incidents appear to be “very planned and targeted.”

There are currently no suspects in custody. Police said they believed the suspects fled in a Chevrolet Equinox. The vehicle was found
Wednesday morning in the 1700 block of south Brookfield, after a man found the vehicle idling in his driveway.

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