Man carjacked at gunpoint outside apartment on Indy's southeast side


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — What started as a typical Monday morning turned into a terrifying scene for a man living on the southeast side of Indianapolis.

He said he was jumped outside his own apartment by a group of suspects who wanted his car.

The man has survived cancer and currently lives with a bad heart, but Monday morning 71-year-old Raymond Priest thought his time had come.

"This is it. I had my one chance and the Lord brought my back. Now this is going to be it," Priest said he remembers thinking.

That's because Priest said he was about to get into his car that sat outside his apartment at Dawson Village around 7 in the morning when he had a gun pointed at his face.

"All of a sudden, I heard a click behind me and I turned around there he was standing with the 9 and said, 'Give me the car keys,'" Priest remembered. He said the man had walked past him just a minute before, with five other men.

"One of them asked if I had a cigarette and I said, 'No. I don't smoke.' It was a minute and then they came back," said Priest.

This time though, no one was asking Priest for a cigarette.

"When he said, 'Put your hands up! Don't move!' I took a couple of steps away from him and was leaning against this wagon," Priest said.

At that moment, he thought about fighting back with his cane.

"I said, 'I don't need the car. It can be replaced. Life can't,'" he added.

Instead, when the group took off, Priest fought back in the only way he could, by calling his car company so they could activate the car's tracking system.

"Called my place where I bought and they shut it down, so they could not get away," explained Priest.

He said police called him hours later to say they had found the car in a local park with six men in it, who they arrested.

IMPD has not yet confirmed this.

But Priest said he's ready to move. He doesn't feel safe anymore. So, until he does, he's warning his neighbors.

"Be careful and watch your surroundings because you never know when it's going to happen," Priest said.