Couple wakes up in middle of the night to find intruder in bedroom

(Photo from Video Provided by Wesley Curlin)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis couple woke up in the middle of the night to find an intruder standing in their bedroom.

It happened early Monday morning in the Arlington Commons neighborhood on the southeast side of Indianapolis.

The 68-year-old victim — the husband — did not want to go on camera but told 24-Hour News 8 he and his wife are traumatized by what happened.

According to a police report, the suspect may have gotten into the house by using a garage door opener that was left in the couple’s car.

Neighbors said they believe they may have caught the suspect on surveillance cameras. The video was turned over to police, and they’re now investigating to see if a man seen walking on Arlington Way may be the suspect.

“Caught the guy walking by about 4:15 in the morning and also caught the getaway car a little bit later on when they came and pick them up,” said Wesley Curlin, who is a neighbor.

Curlin said he moved into the neighborhood about two years ago and installed the cameras to protect his home.

“I have no problems protecting everybody else and myself. I like to have a close neighborhood like this. When I moved in, it was nice and quiet, and everybody got along. I like to keep it that way keep everybody safe and peace of mind.”

Curlin said he added even more cameras after someone broke into his family’s shed a couple of days before Halloween.

“They had gotten all our lawn equipment, kid ride-on toys, power washer, you name it,” he said. “Loaded it up golf clubs. I guess they pulled everything out to the road, leave it sitting there and have somebody come back around and picked it up.”

Kristi Pulley can’t imagine what her neighbors had to go through with the man standing in their bedroom.

“Just to think someone could come while we’re asleep to take everything it’s pretty scary,” Pulley said.

The 65-year-old woman told police the man was holding her laptop and jewelry box. The police report shows she told the man to get out.

The man told her to stay there and she wouldn’t get hurt. The man went into the living room, and that’s when the husband grabbed a flashlight.

Bryan said she heard about what happened and called her neighbors to check on them.

“He’s going to try to protect his wife. I guess he hit him I the back of the head with a flashlight. He dropped her jewelry and took off, but that’s scary because it could have cost him his life, too,” said Bryan.

The victims described the suspect as a thin male in his late 30s and about 5-feet-7 with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, jeans, and possibly glasses.

Anyone with information that could help police solve the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-8477.