Disturbing trend sees more victims forced to drive to ATMs
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers are responding to and investigating an increasing number of robberies where the suspects have forced their victims to ATMs. The seemingly new crime wave has happened several times in the past couple of months including during two high-profile home invasion investigations.
Police want people to know what to do if they end up in the same situation. Wayne, a recent robbery abduction victim, was forced to the ATM at gunpoint.
"I was just thinking, how can I survive this without him shooting me?" said Wayne.
The 35-year-old construction worker had to do some quick thinking when he was suddenly face to face with a man demanding his money at gunpoint.
He got off work the night of November 9 around 7 o'clock.
"I was coming home, walking up my stairs, the guy approached me probably from me to you. I barely even noticed him because he came up so quick," Wayne recalled.
The suspect was walking through the Park Forest Apartments in east Indianapolis where Wayne lives when he was approached. Fearing for his life, Wayne handed his attacker $20. That was the only cash in his pocket.
"He is like, you don't have any other money? I said I have my ID and my bank card. That's all I have on me," Wayne said. " He was like....let's go to the ATM."
As the now abducted robbery victim drove pass the Speedway Gas Station in the 4500 block of North Shadeland Avenue with the gun held to his head, a Lawrence police officer got behind them.
That made the gunman, who was wearing a ski mask, nervous. Wayne saw this as the perfect opportunity to devise a safe getaway. He told the gunman it was better use the gas station ATM and get away from the police officer behind them.
The gunman allowed him to exit the car and enter the gas station.
"So I go in the building and alert the attendant I am being robbed," said Wayne.
The gunman noticed the attendant looking out the window and took off running. Police believe he may be the same person who jumped in the car of another driver holding that person at gunpoint.
Wayne is one of many recent victims forced to ATMs. Both families in the north Indianapolis home invasions on East 79th Street and Spring Mill Road say gunmen forced them to withdraw money.
Earlier this week, a mother says a gunmen tried to force her and her baby to the ATM after attacking them at the car around 2:00 am after she got off her third shift job.
Wayne now hopes others will know what to do if they end up in the same situation.
Lt. Chris Bailey from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department advises people how to prevent and react in the same situation.
• Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Constantly scan the area around you.
• Cooperate, but look for an opportunity to escape or get help
• Stay calm and be a good witness