Man claims accused teens tried to rob him days earlier

The 17-year-old accused in Wednesday’s crime spree is still in the hospital and the 15-year-old is in the Juvenile Justice Center.

The two teens at the center of the crime spree Feb. 13 have now been linked to at least four crime scenes.

“They were no strangers to law enforcement,” said police. “They have numerous arrests in the past.”

Two people were shot, one person was killed in a day that included two shootings, an armed robbery and a high-speed chase spanning several Central Indiana counties.

“Was that the SUV that was on the news yesterday? That was them? Oh, that is not good,” said neighbor Frederick Powell.

Investigators searched Eagle Creek for the weapon allegedly used by the teens. That searched came up empty, but a Southport man counts himself lucky after seeing the gun up close.

“Point blank, you can not miss,” said Kenny Winslow. “I did say a prayer to God for looking out after me.”

Winslow was out for his morning walk along Earl Court and Tammy Drive, when a cream colored car pulled up behind him. The car’s passenger got out and began walking toward Winslow.

“So I walk toward him,” said Winslow. “We got within about two or two-and-a-half feet and he reached in and pulled out a pistol and pointed it at my chest and said, ‘Give me your wallet.'”

Thinking the gun was a fake, the retired mailman stood his ground.

“I just reached down and pulled the gun down, to about a 45 degree angle, so if he was going to fire, if it was the real McCoy, a shot would have gone into the ground and not the sidewalk.”

Reporter: “But you thought it was plastic and a replica?”

Winslow: “Yeah, I thought it was plastic.”

Winslow did not give up his wallet, but after hearing what else went on Feb. 13, he was glad he was not the one giving up his life.

“I looked at officer Martinez and I said, ‘I do not think that was a fake pistol.’  He said, ‘Kenny, you got awfully lucky today,'” said Winslow.

John Yingling was not so lucky. He was the man allegedly killed by one of the two teens. Winslow will be helping out investigators at the Juvenile Justice Center. He took part in a line-up to help put a name with the face of the man who allegedly pulled a gun on him.


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