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Postby Happy Mom » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:26 pm

South Bend double homicide pushes county's total to nearly all of 2016's
Lincoln Wright South Bend Tribune lwright@sbtinfo.com Aug 4, 2017 Updated 14 hrs ago (4)

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The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating a shooting late Wednesday near the 800 block of Huey Street that left two people dead and two others injured. Tribune Photo/SANTIAGO FLORES

South Bend police and the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit are investigating after four people were shot late Wednesday in South Bend. WSBT-TV photo
SOUTH BEND — A pair of shooting deaths late Wednesday night pushed St. Joseph County closer to matching the total number of homicides in all of 2016.

Barely starting the eighth month of the year, the county has seen 15 homicides, a vast majority of them the result of gun violence. Last year, there were a total of 19 homicides.

Just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the 800 block of Huey Street on reports of multiple people shot, according to South Bend Police.

When they arrived, they found numerous people at the corner of Frederickson and Huey streets. They also found a vehicle that had crashed at the intersection of Johnson and Fredrickson. Anton James Jr., 25, was found dead in the vehicle with apparent gunshot wounds. Damon Bethel, 29, was found dead in the 2100 block of Frederickson, also suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Alyssa Sanchez, 24, and Joshua Sage, 34, were taken to an area hospital and were in critical condition as of Thursday evening, according to a St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit news release.

Cyrstal Hamel lives less than a block from the house where the shooting broke out.

"It sounded like the fireworks at the baseball stadium, but a lot louder," she said.

Hamel couldn't estimate how many shots there were, but she said they took place in a rapid succession. Within minutes, police were at the scene, she said. Once they arrived, Hamel went onto her porch and said she could hear a man screaming in pain.

The people at the house where the shooting started have lived there only a couple of months, Hamel said. She's never noticed any disturbances before, but said there has always been a lot of people coming and going.

The west side shooting wasn't the only violent crime that occurred. A 48-year-old man is dead following an assault here early Thursday morning.

South Bend police were called around 12:30 a.m. to the 800 block of Riverside Court, where they found the 48-year-old man bleeding, according to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office.

After officers arrived, the victim's condition worsened and officers administered CPR. Life-saving measures continued after medics arrived, however, the man was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Metro Homicide investigators arrested Kennedy Kafatia, 32, of South Bend, on suspicion of battery to an endangered adult resulting in death, a level 2 felony. No charges had been filed as of Thursday evening. If that death is ruled by the coroner to be a homicide, it would push the county's 2017 total to 16.

No one from the city could be reached by deadline for an interview about the recent violence and the number of homicides so far for the year. South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski did provide a statement to the Tribune.

“Any violence in the South Bend community is concerning," he said in the statement. "The South Bend Police Department is in constant contact with City and community leaders, seeking the root causes of violence, and acting to prevent them from happening in the first place. Continued work by South Bend Group Violence Intervention, drug units, and others will be key in curbing homicides.”



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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:31 pm


South Bend man charged with molesting girl over multiple years

South Bend Tribune report Aug 1, 2017 Updated Aug 1, 2017 (5)

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South Bend man charged with molesting girl over multiple years
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SOUTH BEND — A 32-year-old South Bend man is facing three felony charges for allegedly molesting a girl over several years.

Eric Lamer Gill Jr., was charged last week after an investigation that started in April. Each count of child molesting carries 20 to 40 years in prison.

On April 16, a 13-year-old girl told her mother Gill sexually assaulted her that day and that it had been occurring "over the last several years," according to the probably cause affidavit. The girl was taken to the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center where she was given a sexual assault exam.

During the exam the victim told a nurse that Gill had sexual intercourse with her and inappropriately touched her. The nurse found "assault-related findings" on the girl, according to court documents.

The next day the 13-year-old was interviewed at the CASIE Center where she said Gill would molest her when they were alone at his apartment. On April 18, the Special Victim's Unit interviewed Gill and obtained a search warrant to collect a DNA sample.

When asked about the accusations, Gill initially responded that he can be a little rough with the girl. When asked if he ever did anything inappropriate with her, Gill said that contact may have happened in the pool. The detective then asked Gill why the girl would accuse him of molesting her and he responded "I know she ain't making this up," according to court documents.

Gill's DNA matched DNA samples taken from the girl during her sexual assault exam. A warrant is out for Gill's arrest and as of Tuesday afternoon he had not been taken into custody. When arrested and released from jail, Gill will be required to wear GPS monitoring device until the court approves its removal.


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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:50 pm

South Bend man charged with molesting 11-year-old girl

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Posted: Thu 5:36 PM, Aug 10, 2017

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) A South Bend man has been charged after allegedly admitting to molesting an 11-year-old girl.

Matthew Philson, 25, is also charged with two counts of attempted child molesting after reportedly admitting to an investigator that he had tried to pull down the pants of two girls, ages 10 and 11.

The St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit became involved after the girls reported being inappropriately touched by Philson.

One of the girls said it happened when they were trying to sleep in the living room of a Mishawaka home belonging to her friend's relative.

The other girl also told investigators that Philson touched them while they were trying to sleep, and that Philson would stop when the relative entered the room. She told investigators that Philson had sexually abused her on two other occasions as well.

When Philson was interviewed by Investigator Travis Jackson at the Special Victims Unit, he admitted to trying to pull down the girls' pants, according to court records.

He also reportedly admitted to sexual acts with one of the girls.

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:54 pm

UPDATE: Suspects charged in shooting that left 2 dead, 2 in critical condition

Shooting investigation arrests


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Two arrested in shooting investigation


2 dead, 2 hurt in shooting

By Kasey Chronis, Jen Cardone | Posted: Fri 11:38 PM, Aug 04, 2017 | Updated: Sat 12:28 AM, Aug 05, 2017

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) -- UPDATE: On Friday evening, two men were charged in the shooting deaths that took place August 2 in South Bend.


The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office charged Ronald Snyder with 2 counts of murder and 2 counts of dealing in methamphetamine, both level 2 felonies.

Robert Brady, was charged with 2 counts of dealing in methamphetamine, each a level 2 Felony, and 1 count of carrying a handgun without a license, a class A misdemeanor.


Both Snyder and Brady were arrested on the night of the shootings.

Charging documents say officers arrived on the scene on the 2100 block of Fredrickson late Wednesday night. That's where they saw a number of people standing on the corner. Those same people pointed officers to a home and said people were involved in a "gun battle."

Officers arrived as two men who were leaving the home, Ronald Snyder and Robert Brady, and later arrested them.

Inside the garage, police found two people lying on the ground with gunshot wounds. Joshua Sage was injured while Damon Bethel was pronounced dead at the scene.


Officers then learned two more people had been shot, but they had left the scene in a white SUV.

The passenger, Alyssa Sanchez, was shot in the head. She was receiving treatment at a local hospital.

The driver, Anton James, died from a gunshot wound while he was driving the SUV before it crashed into a home several blocks away.

Officers later learned that cameras in the house had recorded the incident. After receiving a warrant, officers were able to recover the video.

According to court documents, Ronald Snyder admitted to dealing drugs from the home where the shootings happened.

Prosecutors say, however, Ronald Snyder denied firing the gun during the incident.

Both Snyder and Brady are in jail, and are scheduled to appear before a judge at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 7, for their arraignment.

ORIGINAL STORY
Police are investigating after four people were shot, two of them fatally, in South Bend late Wednesday night.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., officers were called to the 800 block of Huey Street after a ShotSpotter alert; meantime, officers nearby also heard shots and called in to dispatch.

When police arrived, they saw a group of people gathered at the corner of Fredrickson and Huey streets. They also saw a vehicle had crashed at the corner of Johnson and Fredrickson streets.


The crime scene spanned several blocks.

"Because the scene extends multiple blocks, that's why we had to have more officers on scene to help control the scene and because of the number of individuals we have as witnesses, we have to make sure they're separated until they're spoken to by investigators," said Sgt. Martin Mullins of the South Bend Police Dept.

Thursday, police identified the victims as 25-year-old Anton James, Jr. and 29-year-old Damon Bethel.

“My husband and I were watching TV and I heard the ‘boom boom,’ and I thought it was fireworks,” said Lillian Thompson, neighbor.

Inside the car that had crashed, police found James, Jr. dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Bethel was found dead in the 2100 block of Fredrickson Street.

A close friend of Bethel said he was humble and full of life. He always had a smile when he saw him.

“And then I heard all these sirens going off and then I said, ‘something must be going on,’ and then they came to a sudden stop I said, ‘well that's got to be close by,’” said Thompson.

Thursday, the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit began picking up and putting together the pieces.

Meantime, Lillian Thompson says she can see the home where police say the incident started from her back porch.

“We noticed that there was a lot of different cars that would come and go and people would go in there and come out,” said Thompson.

Following the initial investigation, two people were arrested on drug related charges. Ronald Snyder, Jr., 40, was booked into the St. Joseph County jail on preliminary charges of felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Robert Brady, Jr., 37, is preliminarily charged with felony possession of a firearm.

Neither of these men has been charged in direct connection with the shooting.

Police are still investigating the events that led up to the violence.

After 45 years in the neighborhood, Thompson says she's not used to crime so close to home.

“I can’t say but I think a lot of it has to do with drugs and I just wish there was some way they could get a handle on it,” said Thompson.

“I’ve always had a passion for the west side and trying to serve those neighbors,” said Jonathan McKinnies, ‘Bringing our Community Together’ event coordinator.

One neighborhood group has been planning a call for peace for the last several months.

“To really bring not just one church together or one leader together, but to bring multiple leaders that have a vested interest in the community,” said McKinnies.

‘Bringing our Community Together’ is still scheduled for Saturday, with urgency now more than ever.

“The unfortunate events that happened on Huey Street, we would have never know that was going to happen but it just shows how important it is for us to come together,” said McKinnies.

The gathering is open to the public. It will be held Saturday, August 5 from noon to 3 p.m. It will be held at Elwood and Elmer streets in South Bend, where several speakers will discuss the importance of unity. Click here for full details.

Wednesday night, two other people were shot and taken to the hospital where they remain in critical condition. They are 24-year-old Alyssa Sanchez and 34-year-old Joshua Sage.

Police used ShotSpotter technology that alerted them of the shooting so they could get on scene quickly. The technology was introduced in 2014 and recently tested last month. It uses acoustic sensors to detect gunshots and pinpoint where they were fired.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating. Anyone with any information should call Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP.

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:07 pm

Mother of survivor says she beat alleged child molester
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Posted: Aug 10, 2017 5:40 PM EST

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - A man accused of trying to molest two little girls is behind bars with two black eyes.

One parent is saying she and other family members beat up the suspect.

“I want people to know what we did. We hunted him down like a freakin’ dog, and we beat him until he was bloody and begging,” the mother said.

This St. Joseph County parent says it took her just hours after her daughter reported attempted molestation, to find suspect, Matthew Jackson Philson.

“He put his hands on my daughter. The only justice for me at that point in time was to make him bleed for it,” the mother said.

The traditional justice system is also at work.

The suspect was arrested Wednesday, under one charge of child molesting and two of attempted child molesting.

The mother says she called police first thing after her daughter told her what happened.

“My heart just burst into a million pieces. I mean, what can you say to a little girl?” the mother said.

According to charging documents, the woman’s daughter, 10, and her friend, 11, were at a sleepover.

Philson was also at the house where the sleepover was taking place.

The girls told police that Philson repeatedly tried to undress them and touch them.

According to documents, he later confessed to raping and molesting the 11-year-old in past months.

“There is no amount of jail time sufficient enough to make up for traumatizing a child,” the mother said.

She says she and two other family members are willing to take any punishment for giving the suspect these bruises, to make up for the mental wounds allegedly left on the two little girls.

“I’ll do anything for them, even if it means hunting down a pedophile and beating the crap out of him,” the mother said.

The mother says she’ll continue to take her daughter to therapy to aid her recovery.

Philson has not been to exonerated nor convicted yet in the case.
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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:31 pm

Woman fatally shot south of Niles after home invasion

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Posted: Sun 7:47 PM, Aug 13, 2017 | Updated: Sun 8:09 PM, Aug 13, 2017

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (WNDU) -- A woman was found dead in a home just south of Niles Sunday following a home invasion.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. on Lawndale Avenue between 14th and 15th streets.

The woman's husband called 911 and said there were two heavy set black males in their basement. He said one of them shot his wife and then took off with her car.

The woman was dead when responders arrived.


Police are searching for a 2008 Mazda, colored blue or dark blue. The license plate is CMY 3721.

This story is developing. Stay with NewsCenter 16 for the latest information.

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:41 am

Woman stabbed multiple times; Goshen police at trailer park

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Posted: Thu 1:52 PM, Aug 17, 2017

GOSHEN, Ind. (WNDU) Goshen police are investigating after a woman went to the emergency room with multiple stab wounds.

Officers were dispatched shortly after noon Thursday. They say that the stabbing victim was able to give them some information about what happened.

Police then established a perimeter around a home at Brookside Manor Trailer Park, where they believe the stabbing occurred.

As of 1:30 p.m., officers were waiting for a search warrant to enter the home.

A person of interest is being sought by officers, but they have not released a name or description.

The stabbing victim has not been identified, and the severity of her injuries is unknown.

If you have any information, please contact police at 574-533-8661.

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:43 am

Cass County man convicted of sexually assaulting 9-year-old

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George Hanson

Posted: Thu 2:38 PM, Aug 17, 2017

CASS COUNTY, Mich. (WNDU) A Cass County man has been convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

George Hanson, 67, faces a mandatory 25 years in prison.

The crime happened back in 2007 inside the girl's Michiana home.

During the trial, the victim -- now 19 -- gave her account of the crime.

Hanson however didn't take the stand.

The prosecutor says the victim often has flashbacks of the crime and has trouble sleeping.

Sentencing is set for October 6.

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:53 am


Man charged with premeditated murder in wife's death


Man charged with premeditated murder in wife's death

By Mark Peterson | Posted: Wed 2:24 PM, Aug 16, 2017 | Updated: Wed 7:12 PM, Aug 16, 2017

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (WNDU) The Niles Township man who told police his wife was killed by intruders during a home invasion was formally charged with her death on Wednesday.

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John Lewis

A judge set bond for 49-year-old John Lewis at $1 million.


A press release issued by Berrien County Prosecutor Michael J. Sepic reads “the results of the forensic examination of the crime scene, the autopsy, and witness interviews, resulted in John Lewis now being charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder.”

The release also mentions that 55-year-old Carla Jean Lewis was shot five times, and that the fatal wound was to the head.

On Wednesday, John Lewis appeared in court via closed circuit television from the jail.

Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Smith told the court that Lewis has a criminal past in Elkhart where he was convicted of felony burglary in 1986.

Newly appointed public defender Brandon Barthelemy countered that Lewis has lived in Berrien County for the past 12 years and that he has never before missed a court date.

Lewis is unemployed and on disability. He has three adult children and three grandchildren.


The personal information was revealed as the court prepared to set bail.

“He’s got a prior felony back in ’86, I’m also taking into account that he currently got another charge pending, a manufacturing marijuana,” said Hon. Arthur Cotter, Berrien County District Court. “First degree murder is punishable by life without parole. I think the recommendation is appropriate. I am going to set a bond in the amount of $1 million dollars cash or surety.”

Some relatives of Mr. Lewis who were in court today said off camera that the experience was disappointing. Mr. Lewis was a rather high profile medical marijuana caregiver . Some relatives are anxious to find out what evidence there is to discount the home invasion claim.

Here is the full content of the news release issued by Prosecutor Michael Sepic:

On Sunday, August 13 at approximately 5:56 PM officers were called to the residence at 1429 Lawndale Avenue in Niles Township for a possible shooting. Upon arrival officers discovered that 55 year old Carla Jean Lewis of 1429 Lawndale Avenue had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy performed Monday morning revealed 5 gunshot wounds including one to the head which was fatal. The caller, who was at the scene upon officers’ arrival, was her 49 year old husband, John Benton Lewis, of that address.


Investigators requested the assistance of the Michigan State Police crime lab mobile evidence team who processed the house for forensic evidence.

While John Lewis originally reported this to authorities as a home invasion by strangers who shot and killed Carla Lewis, the results of the forensic examination of the crime scene, the autopsy, and witness interviews, resulted in John Lewis now been charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder, a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

This incident remains under investigation by the Berrien County Sherriff’s Office and Berrien County Homicide Task Force.

During this investigation and prior to murder charges being lodged against John Lewis, it was discovered that Lewis was not in compliance with the Medical Marijuana Act and was also charged with the Manufacture of Marijuana, a 4 year felony. At his arraignment on that charge on Tuesday bond was set at $7,000, 10%. His pre-exam conference was set for August 23, 2017 and his preliminary examination hearing for August 29, both at 8:30 in Berrien County’s Drug Court.

At Lewis’ arraignment today on First Degree Premeditated Murder bond was set at $1,000,000.00 with GPS monitoring. His pre-exam conference was set for August 23, 2017 and his preliminary examination hearing for August 29, both at 8:30 in Berrien County’s Niles court.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.




Police ID woman shot, killed in home invasion near Niles
From August 14, 2017

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (WNDU) -- A woman in Niles was shot and killed in her home on Sunday night.

Police in Michigan are hoping someone can help them catch Carla Lewis's killers, described as two "heavyset black men", who they stole her car and took off.

“It scared the living daylights out of my, because I hadn't heard anything during the day,” neighbor Kay Hartline said. “No shots. No dogs barking.”

Neighbors living along Lawndale Street outside Niles were shocked as state police and deputies showed up.

“They pulled over here to the tree and they turned the lights on immediately, I thought, something's going on here,” Hartline said.

Berrien County deputies say John Lewis and his wife Carla came home to find two men in their house. They say one of the men shot Carla. John ran out to call 911.

“I just thought maybe she lost control when she got in the car and pulled off because she took off fast,” Hartline said.

Deputies say it wasn't Carla, but two men who took off in her Mazda, as John waited for officers to arrive.

“He was crying and he was saying, 'Oh Lord, oh Lord, what has happened?'” Hartline said.

Neighbors watched as John was led away by police, distraught over his wife's murder.

“He's helped all of us as neighbors around here. And we've been able to depend on him and he's been able to depend on us,” Hartline said.

Police are looking for a dark blue or black 2008 Mazda CX-9 with Michigan plates reading “CMY 3721”.

Deputies arrested John for a marijuana violation.

He's expected in Berrien County court on Tuesday. In addition to the sheriff's office, agents from the FBI violent crimes task force are also looking into the case. So far, deputies haven’t said if they believe the two men broke in hoping to steal from Lewis.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. on Lawndale Ave. between 14th and 15th streets in Niles Township.

Police say Carla's husband, John Benton Lewis, called 911 and said there were two heavyset black men in their basement. He said one of them shot his wife and then took off with her car that was parked in the driveway.

When officers arrived they tried CPR, but couldn't save her.

"Right now we have area broadcast out on that vehicle in Michigan, Indiana and all the surrounding states so if it's seen it will be stopped and the people inside will be questioned," said Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey.

On Monday, the Berrien County Sheriff's Department revealed that John Lewis was found to be "not in compliance with the Medical Marijuana Act." He was booked into the Berrien County Jail.

Neighbors are shocked by the incident. They said this is not something typical of this neighborhood.

"Never seen anything in this neighborhood, hardly see a cop come out through this neighborhood," said Faye Smith, a resident on Lawndale for 28 years. "This is one of the nicest neighborhoods you could ever live in."

Smith came home to find at least a dozen officers in front of her home.

"And they was telling me to get in the house, get in the house real quick," she said. "I didn't know what to go in the house for."

Smith said the couple always kind and helpful and they don't deserve this.

"I don't know who you are, but I pray to God you turn yourself in because you really hurt some good people, you hurt a whole neighborhood," Smith said. "We are all like brothers and sisters in this neighborhood, we look out for each other."


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Re: Area Crime 2017

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Man charged after telling police he threw toddler out of car

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Damion Demetrius Anderson

Posted: Mon 5:05 PM, Aug 14, 2017 | Updated: Tue 9:34 PM, Aug 15, 2017

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) UPDATE AUGUST 15
Damion Anderson was arraigned on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty to charges of resisting law enforcement, carrying a gun without a license and battery by bodily waste.

A man has been charged after he told police he threw his 19-month-old daughter out of the car as he was driving, causing a massive search.

Damion Anderson, 35, is charged with resisting law enforcement, carrying a gun without a license and battery by bodily waste.

The incident happened Friday night on U.S. 31 around 10 p.m.

Police said they received calls of shots fired.

When they arrived, they found Anderson, the child's father. He told police he threw his toddler daughter out of the car while driving on U.S. 31.

Police shut down US 31 South for several miles in both directions for nearly four hours to a search for the child. Police said over 75 vehicles were trapped and many more were detoured during the shutdown.


The mother and her child were found safe on the west side of South Bend.

Anderson will be arraigned on Tuesday.



From St. Joseph County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Amy S. Cressy:

On or about August 11, 2017, officers from the St. Joseph County Police Department were dispatched to a “shots fired” call in the area of US 31 and Kern Road interchange in Lakeville, Indiana. While enroute, dispatch advised that a car was pulled over and shots had been fired.

Officers arrived on scene and made contact with a man, later identified as DAMION DETERIUS ANDERSON. ANDERSON approached the officers with his hands raised. He stated people were shooting at him and got onto his knees.

Officer Robert Leda asked ANDERSON if he had anything on him. ANDERSON stated that he did not and then got up and began walking towards traffic. Officers commanded ANDERSON to stop several times but he did not comply. ANDERSON continued to walk away from the officers and stated that the people who shot at him were hiding in the bushes with infrared rifles. There were no such individuals present.

Officers commanded him to stop but ANDERSON kept walking towards US. 31. Officer had to physically prevent ANDERSON from walking into on-coming traffic and took him to the ground.


While on the ground, ANDERSON physically struggled with the officers and yelled that he had been shot in the chest, that someone had taken his daughter, and that the officers were going to kill him.

The officers tried to get him secured in handcuffs but ANDERSON continued to physically struggle and attempt to flee.

ANDERSON complained of arm and chest pain and told Sgt. Rebecca Wallick that he had been shot in the chest. Sgt. Wallick pulled up his shirt but found no wounds of any kind.

Officers got ANDERSON calmed down a bit and raised him to his feet. ANDERSON continued to yell things that did not make sense and would not get into the patrol car. Once inside the patrol car, he prevented the officers from closing the doors.

Officers tried to get ANDERSON to tell them what was going on. ANDERSON stated that he had been driving and had abandoned his vehicle with his daughter in it. He also stated that he had a handgun concealed in the “crack” of his buttocks and that it was a .25 caliber. Intermittently, ANDERSON yelled “help me” and “don’t shoot me.”

ANDERSON stated that he was concerned about his daughter and attempted to force his way out of the patrol car. He spit on Sgt. Rebecca Wallick and Cpl. Jay Duley when they stopped him from escaping. Cpl. Duley was hit in the face with spittle.

ANDERSON then began reaching into the back of his pants. Due to ANDERSON’S prior statement regarding a weapon concealed in that area, officers removed him from the patrol car to prevent him from reaching down the back of his pants. ANDERSON grabbed onto his waist area in an attempt to keep the officers to keep his pants up. ANDERSON struggled with officers and kicked both Cpl. Duley and Sgt. Wallick. Officers requested scissors from the medics on scene and had to cut ANDERSON’S pants off to search for the weapon. Nothing was found. ANDERSON ultimately had to be shackled at the legs to prevent further kicking. He continued to fight as he was loaded into the ambulance and transported to Memorial Hospital.

Officers then checked the area where ANDERSON had been when the officers first arrived. Sgt. Wallick located a black Hi Point 9mm semiautomatic handgun on the ground. It appeared that the serial number had been filed off of the weapon.

The officers were then informed during the transport to the hospital, ANDERSON said that he had thrown his infant daughter out of the car while he had been driving on US 31. After an extensive search that included civilian volunteers, South Bend Police and Fire Departments, K9 officers as well as a helicopter unit from Lake County, Indiana, it was learned that the child was safe in the care of family.

In reviewing his prior criminal history, I find that DAMION DEMETRIUS ANDERSON was previously convicted of Possession of Cocaine, a Class B Felony on April 5, 2004 under Cause Number 71D01-0312-FA-000084. This qualifies as a felony convictions within fifteen (15) years for purposes of Indiana Code 35-47-2—1(e)(2)(B).

Further, I find warrants had been issued for DAMION DEMETRIUS ANDERSON in Cause Numbers 71D01-0212—CM-009289 and 71D02-1511-CM-004279 on July 12, 2017.

Based upon his prior criminal history and failures to appear before the court which resulted in the issuance of warrants, the State believes DAMION DEMETRIUS ANDERSON to be a flight risk and is requesting bond be set in the amount of $3 0,000.00 corporate surety or $3,000.00 cash.
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