Police lockdown leads to robbery suspects’ arrest

Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety officers respond to reports Tuesdsay of an armed robbery near River Terrace Apartments. Three people have been questioned. (Tony Wittkowski | HP Staff)

Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety officers respond to reports Tuesdsay of an armed robbery near River Terrace Apartments. Three people have been questioned. (Tony Wittkowski | HP Staff)

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON HARBOR — A handful of police agencies surrounded the River Terrace Apartments in Benton Harbor on Tuesday morning with the intent of apprehending two people.

Benton Harbor Police Detective Michael Clark said they initially received a call at about 9:40 a.m. of a report of two males with a handgun at Benton Harbor Charter School on Riverview Drive.

“When we arrived on the scene, we found out it was a robbery,” Clark said. “There was a female who was walking somewhere near the Social Security building when the two males came up to her, pulled a gun, robbed her and then took off running.”

Clark said the victim was not injured during the alleged robbery, and the men made their way to River Terrace Apartments along Eighth Street.

Police set up a perimeter around the apartment complex and used a K-9 unit, which did not come up with any good tracks. Clark said they used a video from the apartment’s main building to identify and locate three Benton Harbor men that were later brought into custody.

Clark said two were involved in the robbery, while the third was one of their friends.

“Currently, they are not under arrest, they are just detained. But we are still working through the video.” Clark said. “It’s just a matter of reviewing the footage and figuring out where they all came in together. They have not been charged with armed robbery yet.”

Police were at the apartment complex for two hours, momentarily blocking access to the dozens of residents who could be seen standing outside the main building. Clark said one of the males who was apprehended lives in the apartment complex.

Clark said his officers received assistance from Baroda-Lake Township Police ‒ who provided the K-9 support unit ‒ Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Benton Township police and the Michigan State Police Major Crimes Task Force.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@thehp.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on July 29, 2015)

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