IMPD: Be careful who you open your doors for

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 4, 2014) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police remind residents to never open their doors to strangers after a scary incident on the near northwest side.

On Monday, March 3,  at  5 p.m., IMPD officers responded to the 3600 block of Totem Lane on a report of an attempted armed robbery. When officers arrived, the victim told them that a black male knocked on the front door and displayed some sort of document.

The suspect said he was collecting money for kids and that the charity was sponsored by the police department. He also told the victim that he was being assisted by police officers who were parked down the street.

The victim, who has previous experience working for charities, examined the document and believed it was fake. The suspect started hitting the victim in the head, eventually knocking him to the ground. The suspect continued to hit the victim several times and demanded money. The victim fought off the man, who ran away.

The suspect is described as a black male, standing 6 foot tall, approximately 35-40 years of age, having a polished appearance.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is advised to call 9-1-1 or Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317.262.TIPS (8477).

IMPD would like to remind residents of the following safety tips:

  • IMPD never collects money from residents
  • Never open any door to a stranger
  • Turn on all exterior lighting in the evening
  • Call 9-1-1 if you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood
  • Consider the installation of a monitored alarm system
  • Join or start a CrimeWatch for your neighborhood