Several suspects in shooting, robbery at Ameriwood Industries identified

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Dowagiac Police have identified several suspects involved in the shooting that happened at Ameriwood Industries on Monday, Jan. 21.

Charges have been filed by the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office against a South Bend native.

The charges include:

  • Conspiracy to co Conspiracy to commit Robbery (Maximum Life Penalty)
  • Armed Robbery (Maximum Life Penalty)
  • Car Jacking (Maximum Life Penalty)
  • Conspiracy to commit Carjacking (Maximum Life Penalty)
  • Conspiracy to commit Unarmed Robbery (Maximum 15 year Penalty)
  • Unarmed Robbery (Maximum 15 year Penalty)
  • Felony Firearm (4 Counts-2 years consecutive)

The investigation alleges that several subjects from South Bend traveled to Dowagiac in a stolen SUV where they robbed a 21 year old Hartford man of marijuana, packaging materials and then carjacked his vehicle.  The crimes are alleged to have occurred in the parking lot of Ameriwood Industry where the victim was employed.

Dowagiac officers indicate that the robbery victim was shot several times during the course of the robbery.  He was treated for his several gunshot wounds and released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Dowagiac Police Officers alerted other law enforcement agencies in Michigan and Indiana as this investigation unfolded.   Dowagiac police were advised that the Nappanee Police Department had been involved in a vehicle pursuit of a SUV early Tuesday morning and took three occupants into custody.  Officers learned that the Lexus was stolen from an auto repair business in Mishawaka.

Officers arrested one of the subjects, a 20-year-old South Bend man.  He is currently being held in the Elkhart County Jail on the above listed charges and is awaiting extradition proceedings before coming to Michigan.  Officers are requesting charges on a 38-year-old woman from South Bend.  She is currently being held in the Elkhart County Jail and will face extradition proceedings as well.

Anybody with information regarding the suspects involved in the theft of the SUV and the robbery in Dowagiac are encouraged to contact the Mishawaka Police Department and the Dowagiac Police Department.

Dowagiac Police Department can be contacted at (269) 782-9743, or the Cass County Tip Line at (800) 462-9328.


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