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South Bend murder/kidnapping suspect linked to Elkhart robbery

By Kelli Stopczynski
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:51:57 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 05 2013 12:31:35 PM CDT

The man wanted for murder, kidnapping and robbery in Michiana will be staying in Illinois for awhile after being captured Thursday night. WSBT's Kelli Stopczynski has the latest.

Sources tell WSBT the man apprehended in Rockford, IL in connection with a St. Joseph County murder, attempted murder, abduction of a woman and her child and two robberies in less than 48 hours is also a suspect in a weekend jewelry heist in Elkhart.

According to sources, Anthony “Bones” Jefferson, along with three males and one female, is suspected of going into Images Jewelers with a gun around noon last Saturday, September 28. The three suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of jewelry. No one was hurt in the incident.

An Images Employee told WSBT the store has “no comment” about the incident, but when WSBT visited the store Thursday, several jewelry cases appeared to be missing the glass enclosures.

Elkhart Police also will not comment on the investigation and would not release suspect descriptions.

Then around 4 p.m. on Sunday September29, police say Jefferson forced a woman to withdraw money from an ATM on North Main Street in Mishawaka. According to court documents, he kidnapped the woman and her 11-year-old son, forcing them to drive to another location before he let them go.

Around 2:50 a.m. on Monday September 30, Jefferson threw hot coffee in a 7-11 convenience store clerk’s face before stealing money and cigarettes, investigators said.

According to court documents, Jefferson shot and killed 32-year-old Jason Reid and injured another man in the 600 Blk of N. Brookfield Street in South Bend.

Several police agencies, including the U.S. Marshal’s Service apprehended Jefferson Thursday night after a 4 hour SWAT standoff in Rockford, IL. He has not yet been extradited back to St. Joseph County, where he faces charges for murder, attempted murder, two counts of criminal confinement and two counts of robbery.

Stay with WSBT for the latest developments in this story.