3 arrested, charged in connection with deadly South Bend shooting
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Three people have been arrested and charged in connection with a deadly shooting last week in South Bend.
Police were called on Jan. 2 to the 800 block of Ashland Avenue on reports of a shooting. When they arrived, they found Rachel Havrick, 46, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a home. Havrick was pronounced dead at the scene.
After investigating and processing evidence, three suspects were identified and arrested.
The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office has filed the following charges against the suspects:
Ddrea Bostic (25):
- Count I: Murder
- Count II: Felony Murder
- Count III: Felony Murder
- Count IV: Burglary, a level 1 felony
- Count V: Robbery, a level 2 felony
- Count VI: Firearm Enhancement
Devon Briggs (20):
- Count I: Felony Murder
- Count II: Felony Murder
- Count III: Burglary, a level 1 felony
- Count IV: Robbery, a level 2 felony
- Count V: Firearm Enhancement
Erica Elie (30):
- Count I: Assisting a Criminal, a level 5 felony
- Count II: Assisting a Criminal, a level 5 felony
According to the probable cause affidavit detailed below, the death of Havrick was allegedly the result of a burglary gone wrong, and two of Havrick’s children were home to see it all unfold.
The burglary on Jan. 2 was allegedly planned by Bostic, who police say was the boyfriend of one of Havrick’s adult children. Bostic reportedly knew about a safe containing multiple guns inside Havrick’s home. He and Briggs are accused of entering the home uninvited and demanding Havrick to open the safe.
According to court documents, Havrick told Bostic and Briggs that she did not know the combination. That’s when Bostic allegedly pistol whipped her in the head before shooting her multiple times. Bostic and Briggs are then accused of getting in Elie’s car to leave.
Bostic is currently being held without bond at the St. Joseph County Jail. Briggs is currently being held at the St. Joseph County jail and is expected to be arraigned on Thursday, Jan. 12. Elie is currently being held on a $3,000 bond at the St. Joseph County Jail.
The South Bend Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate this shooting.
Details from Probable Cause Affidavit:
Officers spoke with Havrick’s son and daughter, who were home with their mother when the homicide occurred. They told officers that two males wearing facial coverings came inside the house uninvited with handguns and demanded that Havrick open a safe at the home that had multiple weapons inside of it.
The children say their mother was unable to open the safe because she did not know the combination. They went on to say that one of the men (wearing pistol-whipped their mother in the head before shooting her multiple times.
The children told officers that the second male did not say anything and ran out of the home as soon as shots were fired. The shooter then ran out of the home as well.
Havrick’s son told officers that his older sister and her boyfriend, identified as Ddrea Bostic, were at the home earlier that night but left in Havrick’s white Jeep Liberty.
When asked who would have known about the gun safe, Havrick’s son told officers that he spoke about the safe, which was owned by his father who was out of the country at the time of the shooting, with Bostic a day or two before the shooting happened.
Officers obtained video footage that showed the older daughter arriving at Havrick’s home earlier in the day on Jan. 2 in a silver Ford Fusion. The video later shows the older daughter leaving Havrick’s home around 8:30 p.m. in Havrick’s white Jeep Liberty. A silver Ford Fusion is also seen leaving the home at that time.
On Jan. 3, the older daughter and a friend went to the police station and told officers that Bostic and another female accompanied her when she visited her mother’s home earlier in the day on Jan. 2.
Using video footage and the Flock camera system, officers determined that the silver Ford Fusion was registered to Erica Elie.
Officers also obtained video footage from an alley behind Havrick’s home that showed a silver Ford Fusion parked in the alley on the night of the shooting. The video shows the Ford Fusion leaving the alley around the time of the 911 call and turning north onto Portage Avenue immediately after the homicide.
Additional video evidence shows that same Fusion picking up a male wearing all black several minutes before the homicide. Video footage also shows that a female is driving that Ford Fusion and a male in the front passenger seat wearing gray or white clothing.
Interview with Erica Elie:
Elie was interviewed by police on Jan. 7. She told police she was driving the Ford fusion earlier that night and that Bostic was a passenger.
However, Elie denied picking anyone up that night or having any knowledge or involvement in the homicide. She also denied taking Bostic and a second male to and from Havrick’s home later in the night after the shooting occurred.
Interview with Ddrea Bostic:
Bostic was also interviewed by police on Jan. 7. He told police he a passenger in Elie’s Ford Fusion on the day of the shooting. He then said they picked up Elie’s cousin, later identified as Devon Briggs, from Indian Springs Apartments, which is roughly three miles northwest of Havrik’s home.
Bostic told police that he was the front seat passenger wearing gray or white clothing after they picked up Briggs. He also mentioned that Briggs was wearing all black.
Bostic then told police that Ehe and Briggs went to Havrick’s home on Ashland Avenue with the intent of robbing Havrick of the guns in the safe. Bostic admitted they broke into the home while wearing masks and held Havrick and her two children at gunpoint.
Bostic admitted to pistol-whipping Havrick when she didn’t open the safe and then shot her multiple times with a .22 caliber pistol when she tried to fight back. Bostic then ran out of the home and back to the Ford fusion before Elie drove him and Briggs from the home.
Bostic told police that he had not advised Elie of the plan to rob Havrick’s home and told her what happened as they drove away. He also told police that he dismantled and the gun and destroyed the gun that he used in the shooting, but he did not tell police where he put it.
Interview with Devon Briggs:
Briggs was interviewed by police on Jan. 9. During that interview, he told them that he was picked up by his cousin, Elie, in her silver Ford fusion and that she was accompanied by Bostic.
Briggs told police that he and Bostic were supposed to get Havrick to open the safe, which was supposed to have guns and money inside of it. He also told police that he was carrying a fake handgun while Bostic had a real handgun.
Briggs admitted that he told Havrick to go to the safe and open it, but she told him and Bostic that she did not know the combination and only her husband did.
That’s when Bostic began pistol whipping Havrick before shooting her, according to Briggs.
Briggs told police he ran out of the home and back to the Ford Fusion.
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