Robbery victim escapes armed suspect, flags down police officer to save family

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— Indianapolis Metro Police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery who forced his victims to drive him around the east side in their own car.

Lieutenant Chris Bailey with IMPD said the female victim, her five-year old son and her boyfriend were inside their apartment in the 1800 block of Wellington Avenue when an armed man entered their home at about 6:15 Wednesday morning.

The suspect forced the three victims into their car, which was warming up in the driveway. The suspect threatened the male victim with a gun, forcing him to drive the car to an ATM. On the way there, as the car was stopped at a traffic light near I-465 and Pendleton Pike, the female victim saw a Lawrence Police officer. She jumped from the car, leaving her son and boyfriend inside with the gunman, to flag down the officer. Once the officer got out to help, the suspect took off running.

“It took courage to do that. She took her opportunity to save her family from any kind of harm and luckily the Lawrence officer was there and was able to provide some aid,” said Lt. Bailey.

None of the victims were injured. It was unclear what the suspect stole from the home before forcing the victims into their car.

Lawrence Police and Indianapolis Metro Police searched for the suspect in the area but didn’t find him. He’s described as a black male, about 5’7″, wearing all black clothing and a ski mask. He’s considered armed and dangerous.