Armed robbery suspect allegedly forced victim to get money from bank
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- A 19-year-old man is facing multiple charges after allegedly robbing two acquaintances at gunpoint and forcing one of the victims to go to the bank to get more money, according to court documents.
Around noon on November 7, Mishawaka Police were dispatched to the Auto Zone on West McKinley for an armed robbery in progress call, reports said.
The suspect, who had a gun, demanded $600 from the occupants of a blue Subaru, reports said.
When officers arrived, the front seat passenger exited the Subaru and said "He's got a gun," and pointed at the back seat, reports said.
The back seat passenger door opened and the suspect, identified as Dvante Gordon, reached towards his back, reports said.
Officers pulled him from the vehicle and spotted a handgun and a clear baggy with a green leafy substance where he had been sitting, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Gordon was placed in handcuffs and ordered to sit on the curb, reports said.
Gordon ran off, but was taken into custody following a short chase, reports said.
Officers found $90 in his pockets, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The front seat passenger then told police he and his friend had just met Gordon and had arranged to meet up with him. When they did, Gordon pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the two men and demanded money, reports said.
They gave Gordon $90 but Gordon demanded $600 and pointed his gun, with a laser point, at the passenger's head, reports said.
The driver offered to go to the bank to get more money. Gordon said the passenger had to stay with him while the driver went to get money, according to the probable cause affidavit.
After 10-15 minutes, Gordon told the passenger to call the driver to find out where he was.
The driver was at the bank and advised the employees what was happening so they would 'play along' so the passenger wouldn't get shot, according to the probable cause affidavit.
During an interview, Gordon admitted the gun was his but denied ever pulling it out, reports said.
Police asked how the two victims knew the gun had a laser scope unless he had pulled it out, reports said.
Gordon also admitted to speaking to the victim who went to the bank to find out what was taking so long, reports said.
Gordon has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of pointing a firearm, two counts of intimidation, carrying a handgun without a license, possession of marijuana and resisting law enforcement.