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South Bend police investigating robbery; victim speaks

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A 61-year-old man and his 89-year old mother are recovering after a robbery at their home Tuesday morning.

Joe Williams and his mother Mary Williams said they’re frightened after three strangers allegedly barged through their front door and robbed them in the middle of the night.  

According to the South Bend Police Department, it happened in the 1000 block of Goodland Avenue. Joe Williams said it happened around 2 a.m.

“It was happening so fast,” said Williams. “You are afraid of what’s going to happen but at the same time, you’ve got to defend what you can, even if you’re afraid. There was no time to panic.”  

Joe Williams said he heard a knock on his front door. When he opened up, three people stormed inside, taking off with cash, a cell phone,  Joe’s car and house keys, and Joe’s truck.

“[I’ve] been up for two days worried,” said Joe Williams. “[I] don’t want to rest.”

According to SBPD, Joe Williams was shoved against a wall during the incident. Joe Williams also told police he had been drinking with one of the suspects, a woman, earlier that evening.

Joe Williams did not know her name or the two other men she brought back later that night.

Joe Williams did not comment on that during his interview with ABC57, but said it’s not acceptable for people to commit crimes like this.

“It makes you weary all the time, weary! You’re angry at the same time too,” said Joe Williams. “Some low life people.”

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers or the South Bend Police Department. 

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