IMPD investigates three muggings in Broad Ripple
Metro police robbery detectives are trying to track down the possible suspects in a weekend crime spree in Broad Ripple. Over the weekend, two or three men with guns spent late Saturday night into early Sunday catching people off-guard.
Eyewitness News has learned about at least three incidents in Broad Ripple that occurred within blocks of each other over the course of a few hours.
"I spend time in Broad Ripple with friends on weekends doing things like shopping," said Tenyka Seitz. "No, I really don't think about being a possibility of getting robbed at gunpoint."
In fact Seitz who was out shopping Monday afternoon in Broad Ripple said, "I feel really safe in Indy, so that's crazy, that is really shocking to me. "
But around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, two men with guns forced a man leaving Broad Ripple on foot into their SUV. They drove to the Chase Bank ATM and ordered him to withdraw cash. The suspects wore masks and even threatened his life. The 25-year-old male victim told police his attackers drove a small blue or black, square-bodied SUV.
Less than two hours later, IMPD officers were dispatched to the area of 61st and Carrollton Avenue. They met with a 37-year-old woman who says a man got out of a blue or black SUV, ran up to her, pointed a long-barrel silver handgun and said, "Give me everything you got."
The female victim answered she had nothing and told police he then patted her down, found nothing and got back into the SUV.
Broad Ripple regular Jeff Long doesn't take chances when he is out on the town for the night.
He has a game plan to stay safe.
"I move quickly when I am walking, going bar to bar, go home early, go home at a decent hour," he said. "Don't be loitering around until 4:30 in the morning or getting late night food, because that could put you at risk."
The same robbers may have even hit a third time. Just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday, a man walking to his car in an alley near 61st and Winthrop told police a masked gunman robbed him and fled in a blue or black SUV.
Right now, police are working to officially connect all three robberies and have not ruled out the same suspects may responsible for other crimes. Officers want Broad Ripple employees, patrons and partygoers to not only use extra caution, but to report any suspicious activity.
Last summer, the Broad Ripple Village Association worked with IMPD to lower armed and strong-armed robberies after a spike in attacks.
Anyone with information on the weekend crime spree can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS. If your tip leads to an arrest, you will receive a cash reward, no questions asked and as always remain completely anonymous.