Robbery suspect out on bond arrested again, in possession of machine gun

Nicholas Fairchild, Mugshot: St. Joseph County Jail

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A 20-year-old man, who is currently being charged in an attempted robbery from earlier this year and was just released from jail on bond, is behind bars again after police say they found a machine gun and drugs in his car. It turns out, Nicholas Fairchild was out of jail for less than a month before this latest arrest.

In June, Fairchild was charged with attempted armed robbery of a gas station. That case is still pending and has a trial date scheduled for next month. He was held in the St. Joseph County Jail from June until September 2nd, when he was able to post bond. He was out of jail for only 27 days when police say he was in possession of an illegal machine gun.

According to charging documents, officers pulled Fairchild over in the 2600 block of West Colfax Street because of issues with his license plate. Officers could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked Fairchild and 3 others inside of the vehicle to get out. Fairchild initially refused to get out of the car. When he finally did exit the vehicle, he took off running. Officers chased after and were able to catch him. Police eventually found a pistol that had been modified to make it an automatic weapon along with a loaded 50 round drum.

Fairchild is currently being held on only a $5,000 cash bond.

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