Police have captured 4 burglary suspects after a two-hour search Monday through a densely wooded area near Rum Village.
The four men are suspected of an attempted burglary of a home in the 22500 block of Kern Road. Police found at least two of the men at Prairie Apartments on Prairie Street. All four were detained and taken to the St. Joseph County police detective bureau for questioning, Sgt. William Redman said.
The search started about 1 p.m. after the Kern Road homeowner, who was upstairs at the time, heard the doorbell and went downstairs to answer the door. The homeowner then heard someone trying to kick in the back door, Redman said.
Witnesses reported seeing a black car leave the home and travel east on Kern. Police later found the car, a black Buick, abandoned in a private drive on Locust Road, and witnesses reported seeing the men run from the car.
Police found the suspects after setting up a perimeter in the area of Locust, Prairie, Ewing Street and Gertrude Street. The search involved police dogs and officers from multiple police agencies, including South Bend, county and state police.
The suspects, all from Elkhart, have been identified as 19-year-old Dion Goodwin, 22-year-old Dandre Goodwin, 19-year-old Robert Goodwin and 23-year-old Davon Henderson.
Police are also investigating possible connections to the burglary of another Kern Road home Monday. The owner of a home in the 20000 block of Kern came home from work Monday afternoon and found that someone had broken in.