Two men arrested for armed robbery of River Park Liquor Store

Two suspects were arrested after an armed robbery at the River Park Liquor Store on Saturday night.

Police say 20-year-old Theodore Brown of Gary and 21-year-old Jamar Crawford of Chicago are currently being held at the St. Joseph County Jail on armed robbery charges.

The details of Saturday night’s armed robbery are very similar to a string of armed robberies throughout the county that police have been investigating since late July.

Although police haven’t said whether the two suspects are suspects in the other crimes, the similarities have residents relieved, believing that the criminals behind the string of armed burglaries are finally off the streets.

Many neighbors watched from across the street Saturday night as police responded to an armed robbery at the River Park Liquor Store.

“I saw the thing go down,” said Steve Stoneking who lives across the street from the River Park Liquor Store.

“I saw a whole bunch of police, and flashlights and heard some dogs,” said Teresa Beck, lives across the street from the River Park Liquor Store.

But last night’s incident wasn’t the only robbery Mishawaka Avenue has seen this week.

On Friday night the Speedway gas station, just a two minute walk from the liquor store, was also robbed at gun point.

“I felt kind of nervous in the neighborhood. Just a lot of people been talking about it and stuff,” said Jared Smith who lives nearby.

One thing they’ve been talking about: are these the same men police have been looking for in connection to the recent armed robberies in at least 6 businesses across South Bend and Mishawaka.

With a very similar description and the similar nature of the crimes, the community says they feel safer with hopes that the men responsible for all string of burglaries are behind bars.

“Well I just feel safer now that they’re caught,” said Beck.

“I think people will be more at rest knowing that they’ve been caught,” said Stoneking.

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