Locals warned to never open door for strangers after scary incident

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Officials are warning locals to never open the door for a stranger after a scary incident Monday.

Officers were called to the 3600 block of Totem Lane on report of an attempted robbery. The victim at the home told police a man had knocked on his door and showed a document. The man told the homeowner that he was  collecting money for kids and that the charity was sponsored by the police department.

The homeowner took the document and realized it was fraudulent, so he closed the door. That is when the suspect began aggressively pounding on the door. He told police he was scared the suspect would break the door, so he opened it. Then, the suspect hit the homeowner over the head and knocked him to the floor.

After hitting the victim several times, the suspect ran from the home. He is described as a black man, about 6 feet tall, 35 to 40 years olf with a polished appearance.  Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is advised to call 911 or Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317.262.TIPS (8477).

IMPD is now reminding Hoosiers of the following safety tips:

  • IMPD never collects money from residents
  • Never open any door to a stranger
  • Turn on all exterior lighting at night
  • Call 911 if you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood
  • Consider installing an alarm system
  • Join or start a CrimeWatch for your neighborhood
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