BEECH GROVE, Ind. (WISH) – Beech Grove police are looking for a person they believe is a suspect in a series of robberies.
He was caught on camera fighting a store clerk after pulling a gun on another at a Marathon Gas Station in Beech Grove. Police believe the suspect and his accomplice could be connected to as many as four other robberies in the Indianapolis area.
The clerk at the gas station told 24-Hour News 8 he really didn’t have much time to react. He said the robber’s back was toward him and he was pointing a gun at his co-worker. He said he had no choice but to fight back.
“Hi, how are you?” said Raju Singh, greeting a customer.
That’s usually how Singh says he greets a paying customer at his Marathon convenience store, but the man in the surveillance video released to 24-Hour News 8 had other plans. Singh was working when the man attempted to rob the business.
In the surveillance video, you can see the man place a large drink on the counter, then he points a gun at the clerk behind the register.
“He was like hiding a gun, like trying to show the guy working here. He was like give me all the money,” Singh said.
Moments later, the man runs behind the counter and demands cash, but what he failed to see – Singh and another employee were coming up behind him.
“When he pulled a gun on him and started to say, hey, give me the money, I just grabbed the gun and put him back there,” Singh said.
Singh and the man then started to fight. And, the suspect took off without getting any cash.
Police said as the suspect came out of the store, and ran around the building and went to a waiting vehicle in this Motel 6 parking lot.
“He was like totally covered with a jacket, gloves, hat everything. He had glasses,” Singh said.
Although no one was hurt, police said Singh took a big risk fighting back.
“By grabbing him, what if someone was shot, what if someone was killed,” said Beech Grove Captain Robert Mercuri.
Police said this man should be considered armed and dangerous.
“As a person, you’re like right on, but the law enforcement side of me says, that’s not a good idea. Here’s the situation where money was going to be taken and that was it,” Mercuri said.
Capt. Mercuri stressed you should not engage the robber if you can avoid it. He said the clerk is very lucky to be alive.
As for Singh, he told me this is the first time there’s been a robbery at his store. He said they plan to put up a glass barrier between the clerk and the customer to prevent it from happening again.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Beech Grove Police Department at 317-782-4949 or CrimeStoppers at 262-TIPS.