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One sentenced, two charged in Edwardsburg home invasion

A selfie led to the three men being caught back in April.

(File photo/The Elkhart Truth)
Posted on Aug. 1, 2014 at 4:27 p.m.

An Elkhart man whose “selfie” led to his arrest has been sentenced to two to 15 years in prison, according to the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office.

Deon Dominique Goodwin, 20, was sentenced for his role in an Edwardsburg home invasion that took place in April.  

Earlier this month, Goodwin was found guilty of conspiracy to commit home invasion in the second degree and home invasion in the second degree.

Two other men involved in the home invasion have been charged — Paris Banks, 22, and Robert Goodwin, 20, who is the cousin of Deon Dominique Goodwin.

On July 16, Banks was found guilty of conspiracy to commit home invasion in the second degree, home invasion in the second degree and obstruction by disguise.

Obstruction by disguise is a one year misdemeanor.

Banks was also charged with being a second habitual offender stemming from a 2012 conviction in Cook County, Ill., for delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance.

He could face up to 22-and-a-half years of imprisonment on each home invasion offense. 

On July 25, Robert Goodwin pled guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit home invasion in the second degree and attempted home invasion in the second degree, which is a five-year felony. 

Both Banks and Robert Goodwin are scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 15.

The details

On April 9, the trio broke into an Edwardsburg residence.

During the trial, the homeowner testified he encountered the three men when he returned to the house in the late morning. The men came from the back of the home and ran to a red Mitsubishi SUV parked in the homeowner’s driveway.

They told the homeowner they were looking for directions to South Bend.

When the homeowner called 911, the men fled the scene in the SUV. The homeowner chased the SUV but lost them.

Deputies and police officers from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Edwardsburg-Ontwa Township Police Department continued the pursuit. 

When law enforcers eventually found and searched the abandoned SUV, they found Deon Goodwin’s debit card and phone, which contained a selfie of him.

The men were found walking across a nearby cornfield. Deon Goodwin denied any connection to the home invasion and the vehicle. He also told officers that the men had been held up at gunpoint during a drug deal.

No items were stolen from the Edwardsburg residence, but the homeowner said the back door and garage were damaged.

It was later found that the SUV had been lent to Deon Goodwin without permission by the owner’s granddaughter, who was in a relationship with Goodwin at the time.

During the trial, the granddaughter said Deon Goodwin borrowed the vehicle for a job interview.

When presented with this information, Goodwin admitted he lied and said he was dropping his friend off at his parent’s place. 


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