Police investigate surprise attacks in north side neighborhoods
Metro police are on the lookout for robbers who are surprising people in their driveways and taking their belongings at gunpoint.
The robbers attacked two victims late Wednesday night in the 3400 block of West 54th Street and in the 7300 block of Illinois Street in Meridian Hills.
"I was sitting there thinking, 'Okay, is he going to shoot me?'," said one victim, "Colleen."
Colleen, an armed robbery victim who asked Eyewitness News to conceal her identity, wonders how she survived a surprise attack. She was parked in her driveway near West 54th Street and Manning Road around 11 p.m. Wednesday when she was surprised by a robber.
"Bam! Bam! Open up the door and I turned to my left and I thought perhaps it was a relative playing a trick on me," she said.
Instead, it was a man wearing a mask and pointing a gun. He stole money and a cell phone.
Within the hour, another surprise attack happened near 73rd Street and North Illinois Street involving an Indiana University student who was home from college. A gunman fitting the same description also demanded money. The victim says within minutes, the thieves used his credit card at a gas station at 30th Street and North Illinois Street.
Despite the Crime Watch sign posted near his home, the 22-year-old victim has no idea where the suspect came from.
Colleen says what surprised her the most is what the robber said after taking off with her money.
"He said, 'Have a nice day, ma'am,' and slammed the door and took off," she said.
After learning she was not the only victim of a surprise attack, Colleen is warning others about staying safe.
"Park your car in the garage, if at all possible," she said.
Police will take a close look at other armed robberies to see if the same suspects are responsible for other attacks.
If you have any information that could help police in this case call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.