Woman with baby pistol-whipped, robbed on Indianapolis north side
A man with a gun surprised two mothers and their children overnight on the north side of Indianapolis.
One of the women carried her nine-month-old son to the car in the Lakeside Pointe at Nora Apartments at 91st Street and College Avenue around 2:00 am Tuesday morning. She works the late shift.
The 19-year-old mother wants people to know what happened and asked that her name not be used because the man who pistol-whipped her and robbed them is still on the loose.
Her close friend, a 20-year-old mother, was putting her own 11-month-old daughter in the car in the parking lot at the Lakeside Pointe Apartment complex. She walked out with her son and noticed her friend being attacked by a man demanding money.
"I asked him what he was doing and she warned me not to say anything because he had a gun," she said.
Both of the mothers immediately started to comply with his demands. But the robber apparently did not believe they did not have a lot of cash on them, and became more aggressive.
"He hit her and then he hit me and then like I didn't go all the way down yet - I was just crouching," said the 19-year-old mother, "and he hit me again."
That's when she became even more concerned about the safety of their children.
"He had the gun up to our heads still saying, 'Give me the money.' He was like, 'You got your babies here. Don't do this.' He shot the gun and then hit me again and then he took off," said the mother.
She suffered three contusions to the head, requiring surgery. Emergency room doctors ended up using staples to close up the gaps in her head from blows she suffered from the gunman striking her with the butt of his gun. She believes evidence technicians from the police department's crime lab responding to the scene recovered shell casings from a 9 millimeter handgun. The suspect may have also touched the car because one of the mothers is under the impression evidence techs recovered a fingerprint from the outside of their car.
The surprise attack has left both mothers without a sense of security. They believe their attacker is not only desperate but even more so dangerous because although they cooperated during the robbery, he still became aggressive.
"He was angry because we didn't have any money. He got $12 and a phone. That's all he got", said the woman.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Robbery Detectives will check to see if the armed robbery or suspect matches other crimes in the area. The women suspect they were easy targets for a crime of opportunity. They hope someone can help police find their attacker by calling the Crime Stoppers Hot Line anonymously at 317-262-TIPS. Crime Stoppers will pay anonymous callers a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.