Robbery Victim’s Reaction: Forget 9-1-1, Dial M-O-M

GARY, Ind. (STMW) – When Generald Collins was robbed at gunpoint early Friday, he knew just what to do.

The 28-year-old Gary man looked at the robber and made a mental note of his appearance; took a long look at the suspects’ car, committing the license plate to memory; and then he called his mother, Detective Eva Collins.

His quick work paid off. Thirty minutes after the robbers took Collins’ cell phone from him at the Clark gas station, police were chasing down the robbers.

All three are in custody.

Collins told police he went to 25th Avenue and Broadway about 2:20 a.m. and was confronted by a man who said, “Give me yo phone,” the police report states.

Collins resisted until he felt a handgun stuck in his stomach.

He said the robbers fled in a red Chevrolet and gave police the plate number.

As Cpl. Damon Bradshaw was taking the robbery report, the suspects’ car passed them.

Patrolmen Joseph Gallagher, Justin Hedrick and Daniel Perryman chased the car to 21st Avenue, where the driver crashed into a utility pole.

They arrested the driver, Jacob W. Smith III, 30, and passengers Johntate Jones, 25, and Eric Gill Jr., 21, all of Gary.

The three are facing armed robbery charges, Sgt. Larry Robertson said Friday.


    Forget calling MOM, I’d call Sam COLT, Mr. SMITH, Mr. WESSON, Mr. RUGER, or my personal favorite, SIG SAUER, preferably in 40 Smith and Wesson!

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  • ms

    Browning, John M. please? I’d like to speak to Mr. Browning?

  • Bob Hamilton

    The 3 criminal geniuses drove back to the crime scene? The guy’s mom just called 911 to relay the information, which the guy could have done himself and saved time. I hope they also charged them with fleeing from the police and damaging property along with all relevant traffic and firearms violations.

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