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Armed robbery suspect identified through fingerprints

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- A suspect who allegedly robbed two people sitting in their car was identified by a fingerprint left on the door of the vehicle, according to court records.

A man accused of robbing two people sitting in their car on September 4 has been arrested and charged, according to court records.

On September 4 just before 1 a.m., two people were sitting in their vehicle in front of their home on S. Carlisle Street when two people approached and asked if they were all right, according to reports.

After they were told everything was fine, the two individuals left, reports said.

A short time later, the two individuals approached the vehicle's passenger side, opened the door and pointed a gun at the passenger, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The suspects demanded "everything you have," reports said.

The man in the driver's seat gave the suspects his wallet. The suspects took the money out and threw the wallet back into the car, reports said.

The two suspects fled the scene, according to the probable cause affidavit.

South Bend Police lifted fingerprints from the door of the vehicle and matched a latent print to Scott Anthony Owens Jr, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Police compiled a photo array that included Owens and showed it to the victims.

The female victim was too upset to make an identification, reports said.

The male victim positively identified Owens as the man who opened the door and put the gun in the face of the female passenger, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Owens denied being in the area at the time of the incident, according to police. He told police he was at work at the time.

Officers spoke with representatives with Owens' job and said Owens was not there when he claimed to be there, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Owens has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of pointing a firearm.

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