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Ten arrests so far in Indianapolis home invasion cases

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Police are looking for Adrian Anthony. Police are looking for Adrian Anthony.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Indianapolis Metro Police Chief Rick Hite is vowing to round up the people responsible for the city's recent home invasion/robberies on the Indianapolis north side - and anyone who helps them.

Chief Hite, along with Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and IMPD Deputy Chief of Investigations William Lorah, spoke to the press Thursday about the Oct. 24th North Spring Mill Road and Oct. 29th East 79th Street residential robberies.

In both home invasions, the victims say their attackers broke in with guns demanding money, ransacked their homes, forced them to the ATM at gunpoint and sexually assaulted their female victims.

Police have made ten arrests so far in the cases.

"These types of crimes will not be tolerated in our city," said Chief Hite. "As you saw in these cases, our detectives, our officers, and our law enforcement partners will not stop until we find those responsible and hold them accountable. We not only arrested those who are alleged to be directly responsible, but several suspects who are accused of indirectly assisting in these crimes."

"We hope these arrests bring some sense of comfort to the victims in these cases and to the citizens of Indianapolis," said Deputy Chief Lorah.  "This is a safe city; a great city and we will not have any suspect force us to live in fear."

 Charged in connection with the North Spring Mill Road incident on October 24, 2013:

  • Demetre Brown – Arrested and charged with multiple counts of Robbery, Carjacking, Criminal Confinement, Sexual Battery, Forgery, Intimidation, Burglary, and Battery.
  • Taiwan Lundy – Arrested and charged with multiple counts of Robbery, Carjacking, Criminal Confinement, Sexual Battery, Forgery, Intimidation, Burglary, and Battery.
  • Amber Decker – Arrested and charged with Assisting a Criminal, Auto Theft, and Theft.
  • James Phillips – Arrested and charged with Assisting a Criminal and Theft.
  • Ira Marsh – Arrested and charged with Assisting a Criminal and Theft.
  • Jade Lundy – Arrested and charged with Assisting a Criminal and Theft.
  • Renee Washington – Arrested and charged with Assisting a Criminal and Theft.

Charged in connection with the East 79th Street incident on October 29, 2013: 

  • Trea Spells – Arrested and charged with multiple counts of Rape, Criminal Deviate Conduct, Robbery, Carjacking, Criminal Confinement, Aggravated Battery, Intimidation, Burglary, and Battery.
  • Michael Pugh – Arrested and charged with multiple counts of Rape, Criminal Deviate Conduct, Robbery, Carjacking, Criminal Confinement, Aggravated Battery, Intimidation, Burglary, and Battery.  Pugh is also charged in a separate case with Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
  • Alexander Dupree – Arrested and charged with multiple counts of Rape, Criminal Deviate Conduct, Robbery, Carjacking, Criminal Confinement, Aggravated Battery, Intimidation, Burglary, and Battery
  • Detectives are also looking for Adrian Anthony as a person of interest. No charges have been filed against this individual related to these incidents.

Police are also reminding residents of these home safety tips:  

  • Start or join a Crime Watch group.  Visit www.indy.gov/crimewatch for more information.
  • Know your neighborhood.
  • Know your neighbors. Do not hesitate to call the police if you see someone or something suspicious at your neighbor's home.
  • You never have to answer your door; if you are not expecting anyone, don't answer, especially late at night or early in the morning.
  • Be alert to suspicious people or behavior.
  • Do not hesitate to call the police. It is our job to respond. By calling you may help prevent or solve a crime.
  • Ensure your address numbers are visible, so responding police/fire/EMS personnel can get you help quickly.
  • Trim your bushes and other exterior landscaping. Keep bushes no taller than two feet in height.
  • Make sure your doors and windows are locked. 
  • Keep your garage door closed, even when you are home.
  • Keep your blinds closed while you are asleep or gone.
  • Locks gates.
  • Keep your house well lit at night. Invest in motion activated flood lights.
  • Put your lights on timers.
  • Get an alarm system.
  • Upgrade the locks on your doors.
  • Make sure your door frame is sturdy.
  • If your home looks like it has been burglarized, do not enter and call the police.
  • Be cautious about the trash you leave on the curb. Cut up empty boxes from electronic purchases, such as big screen televisions, and put them in a garbage bag for trash pickup.
  • Have a family plan for emergencies. Make sure you talk about your plan and everyone's roles and responsibilities.
  • Stress the importance of home safety to your entire family. 
  • Have a phone nearby to call for help.
  • Record the serial numbers of expensive items.
  • Mark and engrave property with your name or other unique marking.
  • Take photos of jewelry.
  • Do not advertise the fact you are gone from home on social media sites. Stress the importance of this with your entire family.
  • If you will be gone on vacation or away from your house for a period of time, call your IMPD district headquarters and ask for extra patrol.
  • Stop mail and newspaper delivery while you are away for an extended period of time.
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