INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 19, 2015) - Police officers on bikes patrolled the Monon Trail after two joggers were attacked and robbed over the weekend. Investigators are working to identify a group of four teens and checking nearby businesses for surveillance video.
The incidents happened during the afternoon on Saturday, typically a busy time on the trail. Both joggers were attacked on the trail near East 86th Street. The first victim reported being jumped by four juveniles. They knocked him to the ground, then began to hit and kick him. According to police they took his iPhone and fled northbound on the trail.
The second victim was attacked a little more than an hour later. Police reports show he was punched in the face and pulled off the trail. The suspects took off with his cell phone and a set of keys.
"The detectives are looking for video from multiple places in and around the Monon Trail to see if anything caught them earlier in the day to see if we can get them identified but it's still ongoing at this point," said Commander Chris Bailey, IMPD North District.
Trail users can expect to see a stepped up presence from bike patrol officers. IMPD's North District covers the Monon Trail and officer are assigned to patrol the area. After the robberies, community relations officers were told to pay extra attention to the trail.
Police are encouraging people to be alert and call 911 if they see anything suspicious. Investigators later found out the same group of teens were harassing others on the trail but no one called police at the time.
"We know after the fact now that this group of people were harassing other people on the trail but no one called the police so we weren't made aware of this group until after the two robberies that actually occurred so we want people to know that they can call us," said Commander Bailey.