Workers find woman, 82, tied up in Indianapolis basement

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An 82-year-old woman was found tied to chair in the basement of her Indianapolis home Monday morning. Police said she was left there for a day or two after a robbery.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding those responsible for restraining the elderly woman with zip ties and duct tape. A construction crew found her in the basement of an east side home in the 300 block of North Jefferson Avenue. The crew was working on the home when they heard a noise coming from the basement.

“What kind of person would you have to be to tie up an old lady and stick her in a basement to die if anything, more or less to die,” said neighbor Jason Gibens.

According to a police report the woman was so disoriented she didn’t realize she was in her own home. She told police officers two or three men broke in to her home over the weekend, possibly Saturday around 2 a.m. The report states an ID, credit card and $40 were missing from the house.

“She’s been there for a while I’m sure she’s dehydrated, she’s probably exhausted so hopefully when she gets some rest she will be able to provide a few more details so we can find out who did this,” said Lt. Chris Bailey.

The woman was taken to Wishard Hospital where she was treated for dehydration. Neighbors and police are thankful she was found in time.

“She’s very lucky that these two guys came to work today and they rescued her from down in the basement,” said Bailey.

Police are also investigating an attempted break-in at a home next door. It is unclear if these crimes are related. Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS (8477).