Police investigate robbery after woman was assaulted by man asking for food

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

By: Marisela Burgos

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 12, 2014)-- Detectives are trying to track down a man who has been accused of assaulting and robbing a person, trying to do a good deed.

At 12:30 a.m. Friday, a woman who lives at Crestwood Village West, tried to help a man who appeared at her apartment that she recognized. He asked her for food, authorities said.

IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams said she went to make a sandwich for him.

"It's unclear if she told him to wait there or if she told him to come in -(or) what the thought was there- but at the end of the day he entered the home and did assault the victim and did rob her," Sgt. Adams said.

According to detectives, the man asked her for money and when she did not give him any, he cut her arm a couple of times with a razor blade. Then, it is believed that he looked through her purse and got away with $80. The man did not live in the neighborhood.

“That’s a horrible thing to happen to somebody. It really is. It don’t matter for what reason. It’s horrible," Resident Cynthia Beaver said.

Sgt. Adams said people need to learn from this incident. If you do not know the person knocking on your door, you should not let them into your place. It is better not to answer your door and to call for help, authorities said.

"A lot of times what happens is if people don't answer the door, people usually go away because they're afraid that they're inside calling the police," Sgt. Adams said.

Authorities continue to search for the suspect. If anyone has information, contact IMPD.

Crestwood Village West has notified people about practicing safety measures around their home, since this incident happened.