Reward offered in north side home invasion

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INDIANAPOLIS – A Central Indiana church is planning to pitch in $10,000 in reward money to help find the group of thugs that terrorized a north side family this week.

Bishop Damon Roach of the First Christian Missionary Baptist Church on E. 38th street told Fox 59, he felt moved to help after hearing the horrific details about the home invasion.

Police are looking for four to five black men who broke into a home in the 800 block of E. 79th St. around 7:26 a.m. Tuesday. The criminals forced a woman in her 50s to drive them to an ATM, stole cash, shot her in the leg, and sexually assaulted both her and her daughter.

Detectives are 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.

“That frightens me,” said Roach.

As of Wednesday night, police hadn’t said if there were any leads in the E. 79th St. case and hadn’t released any suspect descriptions.

Roach hopes the community will take this opportunity to step up and send a strong message to criminals.

“I think that every church in this community that can put up… something to where the folk in this community will know that if you commit an atrocity against a family that the church, the police department, and every segment of this community is gonna come against you. And we’re gonna find them out,” he said.

Roach plans on meeting with IMPD next week to discuss the reward and work on ways the community can work alongside police to protect residents and prevent crime.