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UPDATE: Four arrested in connection to South Bend armed robbery

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Deontae Alexander (Courtesy St. Joseph County Sheriff's Dept.) Deontae Alexander (Courtesy St. Joseph County Sheriff's Dept.)
Tahj Lewis (Courtesy St. Joseph County Sheriff's Dept.) Tahj Lewis (Courtesy St. Joseph County Sheriff's Dept.)
Aaliyah Brown (Courtesy St. Joseph County Sheriff's Dept.) Aaliyah Brown (Courtesy St. Joseph County Sheriff's Dept.)
Danetra Washington (Courtesy St. Joseph County Sheriff's Dept.) Danetra Washington (Courtesy St. Joseph County Sheriff's Dept.)

19-year-old Aaliyah Brown is in custody after an armed robbery late Tuesday night in South Bend, but police suspect she was just the lookout in a three-person operation. Portage Police captured two male suspects and a woman they believe was helping them as they tried to get out of town on a South Shore train headed for Chicago on Wednesday.

At 11:45pm on Tuesday, two young adult males reportedly entered a 7-Eleven on the corner of Logan St. and Jefferson Blvd. armed with a handgun. The men held the clerk at gunpoint and stole cigarettes and a small amount of cash, believed to be less than $100. As they left the store, the two men dragged the clerk out with them, but released her shortly after exiting.

Police do not believe the suspects were trying to abduct the clerk, but rather were keeping her from getting help. After letting the clerk go, the two men fled around the back of the store.

When police responded to the call, they found a vehicle nearby with Brown and another woman inside. Brown was taken in for questioning shortly before midnight and later arrested as an accomplice.

Authorities have identified the two male suspects as 23-year-old Tahj Lewis and 18-year-old Deontae Alexander.  They are both facing preliminary charges of robbery.  The woman arrested with them is 26-year-old Danetra Washington.  She is facing a charge of assisting a criminal.

 

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