IMPD: Robbers targeted early-morning jogger

(WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police say a man jogging to work was attacked early Tuesday morning on Indianapolis’ east side.

According to a report, the suspects held a gun to the man’s neck, while they took his cell phone, some clothing, and a debit card. The incident happened near the intersection of E. 56th Street and Emerson Avenue.

Shortly after the robbery, the men got back into a silver Impala and sped away.

The victim then ran to a nearby gas station where he called police.

In the moments after the call, an officer spotted the vehicle near E. 56th Street and Arlington Avenue.

Officers pulled the vehicle over and arrested 18-year-old Raphael Germany, and 20-year-old Tragejo Harris after the victim identified one of the men as his attacker.

Police say the suspects were seen earlier Tuesday morning at a gas station near 82nd Street and Dean Road. Officers thought the men were acting suspicious, so the officer jotted down the license plate number.

In addition to the two men being arrested, police also towed away the suspects’ vehicle.

Near the scene of the crime is a jogging trial, that people use everyday.

“I think it’s sad, it’s a day and age you have people with no respect or value for life,” said Penny Collier. ” Going to jail is an honor to some and that’s sad.”

The victim who did not wish to be interviewed is willingly to tell his story of survival once he gets the OK from police. 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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