UPDATE: 5 arrested after chase, SWAT standoff at Edwardsburg home


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    MONDAY UPDATE: Police have released more information regarding a chase that ended in a standoff in Cass County on Sunday. They say five people were arrested once the standoff ended -- the 34-year-old man who police say they chased to the home as well as a 40-year-old man, 30-year-old woman, 29-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman.

    Police say they searched the home and found an ounce of meth, $4,000 in cash, a gallon Ziploc bag of marijuana and a bag containing cocaine.

    Police say they also found two vehicles on the property that were reported stolen in Indiana.

    According to a news release:

    The 40 year old male out of Elkhart, IN was taken to the Cass County Jail and lodged on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The 30 year old female out of Elkhart, IN was taken to the Cass County Jail and lodged on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine. The 18 year old female out of Goshen, IN was taken to the Cass County Jail and lodged on charges for possession of methamphetamine. The 34 year old male out of Elkhart was transported back to Elkhart by Elkhart County Deputies. Charges are being sought for him in this case as well. The arrested subjects’ names are being withheld pending their arraignment.

    REPORT POSTED SUNDAY: It was a scary situation for residents in a neighborhood near Edwardsburg this afternoon.

    A suspect barricaded himself inside a home after a police chase that began in Elkhart County and ended in Cass County.

    The driver was also believe to be armed, which led to a nearly hour long standoff with police.

    Neighbors we spoke with say it’s normally a quiet neighborhood. They were not only shocked but scared, too.

    Police descended on a home in the 2100 block of Channel Parkway near Edwardsburg.

    A man driving a black Ford pick-up truck parked in the yard ran into the home as police were chasing him.

    He was suspected of being armed and police were forced to negotiate with him for close to an hour.

    “About seven cop cars came up and they all jumped out and got in their trunks and got out assault rifles,” said William Leonard, neighbor.

    William Leonard has lived in his home for more than 25 years. He says he’s never seen anything like this.

    “Somebody would sneak around the back and then he come back this way,” said Leonard. “I don’t know, like I said, it’s usually quiet around here it’s back here by the lake and it’s really quiet.”

    Erin Conrad lives next door with her two daughters.

    She and her children were told to go in the basement and stay down.

    “As a mom I was freaking out,” said Conrad. “I see officers are running around with these huge guns and telling us to stay low. I mean they were down there crying and it broke my heart. What do I tell them? What do I say?”

    Through a basement window she could see what was happening right next door.

    “We heard yelling and I see there was one guy on the porch they were telling to get down with a bunch of big guns,” said Conrad.

    Erin says she’s had problems with the home next door before. She says police have been there multiple times in just the past few months and she is fed up.

    “It’s quiet, we’re a tight-knit neighborhood,” said Conrad. “We don’t need this kind of stuff around here.”

    Conrad told us the Cass County Sheriff’s Department was at her house just two weeks ago, asking about a missing 15-year-old who they suspected was living in the house next door.

    When we asked the Sheriff’s Department about it, they said they couldn’t comment on it at this time.

    There are still a lot of unanswered questions tonight, but we'll continue to follow the story.

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