Broad Ripple restaurant robbed while customers inside

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police say someone robbed a Broad Ripple restaurant during business hours with people inside.

According to police, three men robbed Binkley’s Kitchen and Bar at gunpoint just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The business is at the busy intersection of Broad Ripple of Kessler Boulevard and College Avenue.

Police reports show the three suspects robbed the bar while customers were inside. Someone went to the hospital with chest pains, but there were no reported injures.

After the suspects took cash from the customers and register, one of the suspects asked to be taken to a safe located in the basement.

“Anybody who has worked here in 10 years knows where the safe was,” said Anna Tanner.

Tanner has lived in the neighborhood for years. She sometimes takes her family to Brinkley’s for dinner.

This incident hasn’t discourage her from stopping by the popular eatery.

“It’s a great place,” Tanner said.

24-Hour News 8 reached out to Brinkley’s ownership and management on Thursday. They did not respond.

“This could happen anywhere, at any neighborhood and at any restaurant,” president of the Broad Ripple Village Association, Elizabeth Marshall, said.

Over the summer the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has made extra patrols during peak hours in Broad Ripple.

Business owners in the area have also been in communication with each other when there is suspicious activity.

Despite those efforts, it appears no one is immune to crime.

“Crime is on the uptick in the city of Indianapolis. It would be good to figure out why,” Marshall said.

IMPD North District Commander Christopher Bailey stopped by Brinkley’s on Thursday afternoon to reassure the restaurant’s management that officers are committed to cracking down on this type of behavior.

Police haven’t given a detailed description of the three men. If you know anything, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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