Suspect in custody after string of morning robberies

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police say a man shot one of his victims in the foot during an armed robbery spree on Monday morning.

The crimes happened in the city’s southeast side in a span of less than two hours. It started around 5:30 a.m.

Five robberies were reported. Those locations are listed below.

  • The 5900 block of Greenfield Avenue
  • The 5100 block of Atherton South Drive
  • The 4300 block of Fletcher Avenue
  • The 3600 block of Fletcher Avenue
  • The 3600 block of East Terrace Avenue

The suspect was arrested shortly after the final robbery was reported near Iowa Street and Sloan Avenue. Police say three of the victims were assaulted.

24-Hour News 8 talked with one of them who has the scars to prove it. He says he’d much rather have a few cuts and bruises than not be alive to tell his story.

“I thought well I’ll get a little morning exercise in and shovel and sweep the snow before I got to breakfast,” said the victim, who lived along Greenfield Avenue.

Unfortunately, he never made it to breakfast. Instead he went straight to the hospital for more than three hours.

He was pistol whipped across the head and knocked to the ground just seconds after handing his wallet over to an armed robber. And he wasn’t alone.

“I heard he’s robbing other people while I was being treated in the hospital,” he said.

After beating the elderly man, police say the suspect sped off and found his next victim along Atherton South Drive.

“Unfortunately, my neighbor was out in the wrong place, wrong time,” said Jim Pharis, who lives a few doors down.

Police say his neighbor was simply brushing some snow off of his car, when the same suspect pulled up and put a gun in his face. Seconds later he was gone.

The next stop was in the 4300 block of Fletcher Avenue.

Police say a man was robbed and pistol whipped while parked outside his home.

In the next half hour, police say the suspect shot a victim during a struggle in the 3600 block of Fletcher Avenue.

He then moved on to East Terrace Avenue where another person was robbed.

A short time later, the spree stopped a few blocks away. Police found the SUV the victim’s described. Police say the SUV was being pushed because it ran out of gas.

Police found several of the victims’ belongings inside of it. They say the suspect was arrested without incident.

“I thank the police department for everything they’ve done. They’ve done a beautiful job of apprehending him without shooting him. If I’d have been a policeman I’d have probably shot him,” said the first victim. “I wanted to put a direct shot in his head where it belonged.”

The victim said he was armed with a gun of his own while he was robbed, but decided not to use it fearing a stray bullet might hit one of his neighbors’ homes.

But he says this just reinforces why he carries his weapon whenever he answers the door or walks outside. Police haven’t released the suspect’s name. He faces multiple charges including robbery and pointing a firearm.

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