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Two charged in armed robbery near East Race

Two juveniles are facing charges in the armed robbery of two women w ho were walking along the East Race Saturday.

South Bend Police were called to a parking lot along the East Race Saturday evening about an armed robbery.

Two women reported they had just finished walking along the East Race and were returning to their vehicle, a Toyota Tacoma, when two men approached them with guns.

The first victim told police a man held a black handgun against her forehead and took her wallet, keys and cash.

The second victim said the second suspect pointed a silver handgun at her face and demanded "everything she had." She told the suspects her belongings were inside the truck, reports said.

The women were told to get on the ground and the suspects drove off in the truck, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Officers located the stolen truck at the intersection of LaSalle Street and Niles Avenue.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver pulled over. Once the truck stopped, the two suspects fled from the vehicle, reports said.

Officers chased one suspect across the river and through an apartment complex before he was finally arrested, according to police.

The driver of the truck was chased over a fence and into the East Race. Officers say they were able to pull the suspect from the water.

One suspect had over $400 in cash, an iPad Mini and a woman's wallet in his pocket, reports said.

Inside the truck, police say they found a black pistol and a silver pistol. Upon closer inspection, officers discovered both weapons were BB guns.

The two victims positively identified the two men in custody as the men who robbed them, police said.

They are each facing two counts of armed robbery and one count of resisting law enforcement.

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