SOUTH BEND —The gun appeared genuine enough for a South Bend man to hand over his cash in a street stickup.
When police arrested two suspects a short while after the 36-year-old victim was robbed, they found a BB gun.
The victim told police he was walking to a diner to get something to eat early Friday when he was confronted by three males at the corner of St. Joseph and Victoria streets.
One of the suspects, wearing a black hoodie and a yellow T-shirt, pointed a gun at the victim, police said.
A second suspect, wearing a black hoodie and jeans, ordered the victim to "... hand over money" while a third suspect in a red hoodie stood by, an officer said.
The victim threw $60 in cash at the suspects. As they ran off, the victim continued walking for about one block then called police.
Officers arrived and got a description of the suspects from the victim.
A short while later, police spotted two suspects near the corner of St. Joseph and Woodside matching the descriptions given by the victim.
Both suspects took off running but the officers chased them down and put them in handcuffs.
A BB handgun was found on the suspect wearing a yellow T-shirt, police said.
The victim identified both suspects as the men who had robbed him, an officer said.
The gun-toting suspect in the yellow T-shirt is 22 years old. He was booked on a charge of robbery with a handgun.
His alleged accomplice is a 17-year-old juvenile who was booked on a count each of robbery with a handgun and resisting arrest.
The alleged third suspect remains at large, police said.
Staff writer Jeff Harrell: