Indianapolis woman robbed by man waiting in back seat of her car

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 3, 2015) - An Indianapolis woman says she was robbed early Tuesday morning by a man who was waiting in the back seat of her car.

The 19-year-old woman, who did not want to be identified, described the heart-stopping moment like something out of a movie scene.

“I felt like I was going to have a heart attack and I was going to die right there,” she said.

The woman says her fiancé had started her car to warm it just before 6 a.m. at the Pickwick Farms Apartments on the north side of Indianapolis.  She said he locked the car doors and left the spare car key with her before he left for work.  When she went out to the car and started to drive, she suddenly felt something pressing against her arm.

That’s when she realized there was a man in the back seat, pointing a gun at her.

“I thought he was going to shoot me,” she said.  "It was really heavy, and I thought I was going to die right there.”

It’s not clear how the man got into the car, but none of the windows were broken.

The woman says the man demanded cash, but she didn’t have any.  Instead, he made her drive to a nearby Huntington Bank branch to pull out cash.  The whole time, she says, the man stayed low in the back seat and told her not to look at him.

“He sounded really mad,” she said.  “And he sounded desperate.”

After pulling money from the ATM, the man told her to drive back to the Pickwick Farms Apartments.

“When we arrived to my apartment complex, he put a gun to my back and he told me not to say anything, otherwise he was going to come back and kill me,” she said.

Although she never got a good look at the suspect, she has a suspicion about who it was.  This was the second consecutive day she had been the victim of a crime.  On Monday afternoon, she says she was taking a shower when she heard a loud crash in her front room.  She went out to find a man in her living room, trying to grab her TV.  Her sudden shout scared the burglar off.

“I feel like the person was really upset that they couldn’t take anything from me yesterday,” she said.

She also can’t help but wonder if the man who ambushed her in her car could be the same suspect in a case she heard about on the news last week.  Just down the road at the Summerwood on Towne Line Apartments, a woman in her 20s was also forced to drive to an ATM last Tuesday.  She was then raped, beaten, and told not to say anything about it.  A woman in her 60s was also robbed at gunpoint in the same apartment complex a few minutes after that.

The details of the drive to the ATM, and the order to “not tell anybody” sound eerily similar to the victim of Tuesday morning’s ambush robbery.

“I mean all in the same area, and just last week, and just women,” she said.  “I’m pretty sure it’s somebody who lives in the area, that knows the area very well, that knows the schedule, people, what people drive and what they’re doing.”

A spokesperson for Indianapolis Metro Police said Tuesday that detectives are not ruling out possible connections between the cases, but no specific link was mentioned.  The investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information that could help is asked to call IMPD, or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.