Robbers cause crash to steal cash, phone

(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an accident that turned into an armed robbery.

According to police, a van rear-ended a motorcyclist on 71st Street and Dean Road. As the victim tried to collect himself he was greeted by the driver and passenger of the van.

The two pulled a gun on the victim and demanded his cash, cell phone and iPod.

24-Hour News 8 went to the victim’s home Monday afternoon. No one answered the door.

Drivers expressed frustration after learning a man had been robbed during an accident.

“That’s scary. That makes me think twice,” said TaiAn Taylor.

Just a couple of days ago, Taylor had been in her own accident. A driver rear-ended her car and quickly left the scene of the accident.

The damage to Taylor’s car appeared to be minor. Taylor told WISH-TV she was grateful her accident didn’t turn into a robbery.

“I’m thankful it was just a rear-end,” said Taylor.

Police say drivers should think twice when rear-ended. Police suggest driving to a populated area if you are nervous, call police or keep your window rolled up and wait for an officer to arrive.

Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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