Police make arrest in Avon Walmart abduction assault
Police have a man in custody suspected in a robbery and sexual assault crime spree spanning three cities in central Indiana and investigators suspect there may be more victims.
Michael Parrish of Indianapolis is a suspect in an abduction assault involving two women at the Avon Walmart last Thursday; a sexual assault in Indianapolis last Wednesday; and a Plainfield robbery.
Parrish, 37, is in the Hendricks County Jail awaiting his initial hearing on a long list of charges, including sexual assault, rape, robbery, theft, auto theft, receiving stolen property, battery, criminal confinement and more in a crime spree that spans Indianapolis, Plainfield and Avon.
A woman told police she was returning her cart in the parking lot of the Avon Walmart Thursday night when she noticed a man talking on a cell phone. She told police he seemed agitated and was using profanity.
According to police, the man followed the woman back to her car, then forced her at gunpoint to drive him from the Avon Walmart to a nearby apartment complex parking lot, where he sexually assaulted both women in the car with a young child in the backseat. The man threatened to kill the child if they did not comply.
"Not only was this a crime in front of a child, but they are victim as well. It's something that this three-year-old is going to have to receive counseling for," said Avon Police Det. Sean Stoops.
The victims were then forced to drive to their home in Clermont. That's where investigators say he tied up the women and a male roommate, then ransacked their home.
The suspect fled with the victim's car, a 1998 green Chevy Blazer, along with laptops, a flat screen and cell phones. He told the women not to call police for two hours or they would be shot in the head, and that he had someone watching them from across the street.
"They still have to live this terrible, terrible nightmare every second of the day now," Stoops said.
Parrish was released from prison in the last year and a half after being sentenced for robbery when he was about 16 years old.
Other possible crimes
Parrish is also the prime suspect in a home invasion robbery last week in Indianapolis on LaSalle Street. The victim told police the attackers offered to shovel her snow before forcing their way into her home, where they stole several items after sexually assaulting her.
Parrish and another man are also suspected in last Saturday's robbery at the Kohl's in Plainfield.
The Hendricks County prosecutors office is working on finalizing charges against Parrish, who is expected to have his initial hearing in court Tuesday afternoon.
Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department also have two men in custody connected to the LaSalle Street home invasion who are reportedly also linked to Parrish.