Butler student among 8 robbed at gunpoint: ‘This can’t be real’

Butler University student Casey Wider said about an armed robbery at his home: “I’m at a college campus. I have no enemies. I didn't think it was real.” (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Students at Butler University are being extra careful after a violent home robbery near campus. Police said two suspects robbed a group of eight students.

It happened Tuesday afternoon at a home in the 600 block of West 44th Street.

One of the victims told 24-Hour News 8 he is still in a state of shock.

“At first I thought this can’t be real, this got to be a joke, like this doesn’t happen,” said Casey Wider, who lives at the home. “I’m at a college campus. I have no enemies. I didn’t think it was real.”

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He said he went home for lunch Tuesday afternoon and right as he walked into the backdoor he said someone threw him to the ground and put a gun to the back of his head.

“Just told me to stay on the ground,” he said. “I saw all my other friends laying on the ground as they were robbing our house.”

The two suspects got in through a backdoor. Wider said he doesn’t recognize either of the two suspects.

“He was just sort of waving the gun all around while the other guy just looked through the rooms,” he said. “They damaged the house a lot, too. They kicked in the backdoor. The ceiling tiles in the basement room is just punched through.”

Wider and his friends waited for the two suspects to leave, then ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

“They’re all coming out of their house saying, ‘We just got robbed! Oh, my God! Oh, my God!” said Chad O’Connell, who lives next-door.

The two suspects got away with cellphones, money, electronics and other things. University police said the crime is highly unusual for the area, given the number of students involved and time of day.

“We don’t know if this was a random act, we don’t know if they were targeted, we don’t know if they were just looking for opportunity,” said John Conley, Butler University Police Department chief of public safety. “So we have to look at all angles in order to know what we’re dealing with.”

Wider said the two suspects didn’t bother to cover their faces and took off before police got there.

“It’s scary. I don’t feel safe in my own home at my school,” Wider said. “I did feel so safe prior to this, so it’s just really unsettling more than anything else.”

University police issued an alert to students about the crime and are asking for anyone who might have seen or heard anything Tuesday afternoon to give them a call at (317) 940-9396.

At this time, police have not released descriptions of the two suspects.