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.

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