Suspect arrested after 16-year-old boy’s shooting death in South Bend

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A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with shooting death of a 16-year-old boy earlier this month on South Bend’s southeast side.

It was back on Oct. 21 when South Bend Police responded to reports of a shooting in the 500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers found Noelle Riggins, 16, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Riggins was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers with the Violent Crimes Unit centered in on the suspect, Sidney Hockaday, 39, after finding his cell phone at the crime scene.

According to court documents, the last communication from Hockaday’s phone was to set up a meeting with Riggins to sell him marijuana in the area of the shooting. A witness provided a description of the vehicle Hockaday was in during the meeting with Riggins, and, once armed with a search warrant, investigators found spent shell casings and drug evidence, including pot, in the vehicle.

According to the court documents, nearly a week after the shooting, Hockaday voluntarily surrendered himself at the South Bend Police Department without being called or summoned to come in by police.

Hockaday is now charged with murder with a firearm enhancement and two counts of dealing marijuana.

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  1. This story makes no sense:

    A kid is murdered and a cellphone is found at the crime scene. On that cellphone is a meetup date with the victim for a drug deal. This makes the owner of said phone a prime suspect, you know, someone the cops would really, really, really want to talk to as soon as possible.

    The cops at some point later were able to obtain a search warrant for the car that was used where they find spent shell casings and drugs, further corroborating the messages on the phone.

    Somehow though, “nearly a week after the shooting, Hockaday voluntarily surrendered himself at the South Bend Police Department without being called or summoned to come in by police.”

    Pardon me? The police hadn’t summoned this person? They found his phone at a murder, had messages to the victim on the phone, the car used had drugs and spent shell casings, but the cops weren’t calling for him to surrender himself? They weren’t kicking down his door long before he turned himself in? What is going on here?

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