Indianapolis Metro Police search for evidence after two-county crime spree
Two teenagers accused of causing mayhem across Indianapolis are in even more trouble. Eyewitness News has learned of two additional robberies from Wednesday's crime spree.
Investigators the 15-year-old and 17-year-old committed five felonies in five hours. The crimes include two robberies, an attempted robbery and two shootings, one of which was fatal.
Matt Erich was walking near his home in Speedway when he came face to face with the two teens now accused in a deadly crime spree.
"Right where that stop sign is, is where they approached me," he said.
The 15- and 17-year olds' run from the law ended in a violent crash after a police chase Wednesday morning. Earlier the same day, Erich says two teens in a blue Ford SUV pulled a gun on him as he walked in his Speedway neighborhood.
"I turned around twice and continued to walk that's when he yelled out hey #^*&^#! and that's when I turned around and ran the opposite way," said Erich.
Investigators say the same teens may have used the same gun to kill 38-year-old John Yingling as he pulled out of his Southport driveway to run an errand. Police found him shot to death in his driveway Wednesday morning.
Less than 24 hours after their arrests, there are more charges involving an attack on a woman robbed and pistol-whipped in her garage Wednesday morning.
During his own close call with the teens, Erich said he was sure of one thing.
"He was definitely under the influence," said Erich. "Just wasn't my day. Very very fortunate and I would never think something like that would happen in Speedway or Eagle Creek or anywhere, really."
Meanwhile, the case against the teenage suspects is far from closed, and police haven't ruled out finding even more victims.
Earlier Thursday, divers searched Eagle Creek Reservoir for one of the two guns that police believe may have been used in Wednesday's shootings.
An officer saw the teens tossing something from their SUV, and police think that could have been one of two guns used in the crimes.
Also, Eyewitness News has learned that one of the two teens arrested in the crime spree was involved in a residential burglary in December 2012.
Gloria Doyle knows the 17-year-old and his family. She says he was always very helpful to her and the other neighbors, and described him as well-liked and respectful.
"It suprises me, but it doesn't surprise me. I think he basically got in with the wrong crowd and tried to stand out," she said.
Doyle says the 17-year-old is the son of a single mother who tried to help her son avoid trouble.
Crime spree timeline
A few hours later, Rex Souter was out walking his dog along Dandy Trail near Eagle Creek Reservoir when a vehicle pulled up and someone started shooting at him. Souter ran, but a bullet struck him. He was treated and released at a hospital and was home recovering by the afternoon.
Officers spotted a blue Ford Explorer that matched the suspect vehicle description at 38th and Lafayette Road and began a chase. That ended in a violent crash at around 11:30 am involving two other vehicles in Brownsburg, at 56th and Northfield.