INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 17, 2014)-- A man who faces more than two dozen charges in connection with a series of robberies against an 86-year-old victim appeared in court Thursday.
Robert Amonette has been charged with one count of armed robbery, a level 3 felony, and 28 counts of robbery, level 5 felony.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said additional charges are expected. The robberies occurred multiple times over the course of several months.
Amonette is accused of repeatedly forcing the victim to provide cash and withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
According to court documents, Amonette and the victim knew each other.
The victim told police that he would leave his home each day to walk around the neighborhood in an effort to avoid Amonette, who would follow and attempt to find him.
Amonette allegedly would drive the victim to a bank to withdraw cash.
The victim reported that Amonette would become irrational and angry, causing the victim to be in fear for his safety. In one incident, Amonette was armed with a handgun in his waistband.
“Too often elderly citizens are targeted by criminals preying on their isolation. We see this in a variety of scams and, unfortunately, more dangerous crimes such as robbery,” said Curry. “It is important that friends, family members and neighbors talk to elderly residents about their safety and to whom they are loaning, giving or paying money. Anyone is encouraged to report information of additional potential victims in this case or if they suspect other elderly community members are the victims of fraud or abuse.”
Detectives believe there may be additional victims and encourage anyone with information to contact Adult Protective Services at (317) 327-1403.
“Our elders are the cornerstone of our community and are valued treasures. We are appreciative of efforts of our IMPD detectives and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office who worked long hours to solve this case and bring those to justice,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. “Now, we need your help in finding any additional victims that may have experienced a similar crime. Please contact IMPD."
FOX 59 talked with one of the victim’s neighbors who told us the victim actually came over a couple months ago because he needed money. “He actually came by one night and said he had to borrow a dollar said he had to put some air in his tires. He was afraid it was going to be flat in the morning and he came by the next day and repaid that dollar. (He’s) just a really nice guy,” says David Durica, one of the victim’s neighbors.