Family friend shocked by teen involved in crime spree
Police say the crime spree involving two teenagers that ended in a violent crash may be much bigger than first thought.
Two more crimes and three more victims. Investigators now say the rampage started on the city's south side, where police say the teens robbed a woman in her garage. Police say they tried to rob an 80-year-old man, then shot and killed another man in his driveway.
Then, another man was shot while walking his dog and it ended with a high speed chase and crash in Brownsburg.
Even at the ages of 15 and 17, the boys were no strangers to the law. But even though they both have long rap sheets that include robbery, assault and gun crimes, one woman calls one of the teens a good young man who helped others.
"It shocks me. It does and it doesn't," said Gloria Doyle.
Gloria Doyle knows the 17-year-old suspect and his family.
"He was very respectful, very nice always wanted to help others, helped me. Basically, if I was out here with a lot of trash, he would help me to take it out," said Gloria.
A sharp contrast to a young man accused of armed robbery and murder.
"It surprises me, but it doesn't surprise me. I think he basically got in with the wrong crowd and tried to stand out," said Gloria.
Gloria says the teen has a caring mother who tried to help him at every wrong turn.
"She was a single mother, worked very hard, long hours and, unfortunately, when you have to do that, your children are at home and you don't know what they're doing all the time," said Gloria.
But, police say both teens' crimes date back many months and it's a long list even they're still compiling.
"We think once we get these charges filed, we're going to then see what was going on with them before the first case we're aware of because there are other things we're looking at that they may have been involved with," said IMPD Deputy Chief Gregory Bieberich.
Both teens will be in juvenile court Friday and a judge could decide to have them tried as adults.