Women sexually assaulted during home invasion, shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Police are looking for several suspects who broke into a northeast side home, shot a woman in her 50s, and sexually assaulted the woman and her daughter.

The incident occurred in the 800 block of E. 79th St. around 7:26 a.m. Tuesday.

The victim, a woman in her 50s, was transported to St. Vincent Hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg. She is listed in good condition.

A police report filed later indicated the woman and her daughter, in her 20s, had both been sexually assaulted during the incident.

“You know, we’ve had a few random burglaries and things you’d expect, but nothing like this,” said Mike Gamage who lives four doors down. “It’s scary.”

Police said they are searching for four to five black males in connection with the incident. The men stole three vehicles from the residence, but they were recovered about two hours later. Two vehicles were located near 62nd Street and Michigan Road and the third was found near 80th and Windcombe.

“The detectives and the police department are going to do everything they can to find out who did this and hold them accountable,” said IMPD Lt Christopher Bailey.

The family father was at home but was not injured during the incident.

Neighborhood sources say the suspects drove the mother and daughter to the Regions Bank branch at 93rd and Meridian to pull out cash. It’s unclear if that happened before or after the assaults and shooting.

Detectives were looking for possible connections to a similar home invasion robbery near 70th and Spring Mill Road last Thursday. That case also involved four or five black males forcing their way into a home before stealing from an ATM and driving off with the family’s Jeep. The vehicle was later recovered.

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