Woman shoots, fends off three men in early morning attempted robbery

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 10, 2015)– An 18-year-old man is in jail while Indianapolis police continue to look for two additional suspects in an attempted robbery on the city’s west side. Police say three men tried to rob a 27-year-old woman at an apartment complex off of West 34th Street.

“I saw some guy take off over here and he ran this way and cut through the building,” said Aaliyah Johnson.

Johnson, 18, lives in the apartment complex and said she watched the robbery gone wrong from her living room window.

“It was early this morning, we were just sitting down on the couch watching a movie and then we heard this loud popping sound. I looked out the window and I saw a guy take off down that way and then like 10-15 minutes later I saw the cop lights through the window,” said Johnson.

According to police, three men approached a woman in the complex’s parking lot. The woman told police they tried to rob her, but that’s where the men made a mistake. The woman took out her gun, and began shooting. She wounded one of her attackers and the other two ran.

“Knowing what I know now, I’m more afraid than ever,” said Johnson’s Mom, Linda Brown.

Brown said she’d always felt safe in the complex, but now wants to see additional security.

“I’m just not feeling too safe, especially being two females out here,” she said.

“It’s crazy because there are so many kids that run out here and play,” said Johnson.

The men fled after the woman began shooting. When police arrived, they found the wounded suspect sitting in a car on a nearby street. Two other suspects are still at large.

“She absolutely had a right to protect herself and that includes deadly force,” said Indianapolis criminal defense attorney, Adam Brower.

Brower said when it comes to protecting yourself, Indiana law favors the victim. The woman in this case according to Brower, legally did not have to wait for the men to run in order to start shooting.

“If she had a reasonable expectation that there was going to be seriously bodily injury that was done to her, she could protect herself and her property,” he said.

The suspect is being held in the Marion County jail on suspicion of robbery.