SOUTH BEND — After more than three months on the lam, police have finally caught up with a suspect they say was captured on a widely viewed surveillance video trying to rob a man at gunpoint.
Police arrested Joshua D. Kneeland, 18, of South Bend, this morning at a home in the 700 block of North Cottage Grove Avenue on the city’s near northwest side.Kneeland is accused of trying to rob 56-year-old Timothy Gramza of a mo-ped in an alley in the 900 block of North Harrison Street on April 1. Police say Kneeland is shown pointing a gun at Gramza throughout most of the incident and even fired a shot at his feet, causing Gramza to fall to the ground.
The incident made regional news after one of Gramza¿s cameras that he uses to protect his business captured the entire incident, which was viewed by nearly 5,000 people on YouTube and hundreds more on local news websites.
Still, Kneeland was somehow able to stay off the radar until Tuesday when he was arrested just two blocks away from where the incident occurred.
The St. Joseph County prosecutor¿s office in April filed a petition alleging delinquency against Kneeland on three counts: attempted robbery, a Class B felony; criminal recklessness, a Class D felony; and dangerous possession of a firearm, a Class A misdemeanor, if committed by an adult.
The state filed a petition for a waiver to adult court against Kneeland.
Police were able to develop Kneeland as the suspect shortly after the incident, but had trouble finding him.
“He¿s obviously capable of not only robbing someone but firing a shot at someone,” said Capt. Phil Trent, South Bend police spokesman. ¿He¿s a fairly dangerous individual.¿
Gramza, according to the video, held his ground against the suspect in the face of danger and a long-barreled revolver. Kneeland allegedly pulled out the gun and hit Gramza on top of the head with it before firing the shot.
Gramza told The Tribune he first believed he was shot and fell to the ground. He was able to get up and continue confronting the armed man, both verbally and physically.
Unknown to the would-be robber, though, Gramza had his own gun in his back pocket throughout the incident, but later said he was unable to pull it because he believed he would have been shot. The video shows Gramza reaching behind his pocket a couple of times.
Gramza did fire several shots at Kneeland as he fled the scene, police said.
Gramza moved out of the area shortly after the robbery for a job in South Carolina.
Staff writer Tom Moor: