Police looking for 25-year-old man in connection with recent sexual assaults in downtown Indy
UPDATE: IMPD said Anthony Jones was taken into custody around 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 28.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Police have issued a warrant for a man in connection with two recent sexual assaults in downtown Indianapolis, including one inside a parking garage.
Monday and Tuesday, a total of three women reported different assaults, including two for sexual battery.
Detectives say 25-year-old Anthony Jones is facing multiple charges, including rape, for attacks reported at 101 N New Jersey St. and 451 E Market St. He was not involved in a third attack reported at Michigan and Delaware, police say.
In one case, the woman had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
The garage manager at the East St. location, concerned that woman was “robbed and almost raped,” sent an email to company and city officials urging them to hire a security guard.
But IMPD survival tactics trainer Officer Patterson notes security can’t be everywhere at all times.
“Put your cell phone away,” said Patterson. “Pay attention to your surroundings. Look back every 10 or 15 steps if you’re by yourself, just a casual look back every once in a while.”
Patterson says some people are too worried about being polite. They avoid reporting suspicious people out of fear of offending, possibly putting themselves in danger.
“Even if they don’t mean you any harm, at least get them checked out,” said Patterson. “My question is why are you hanging out in a garage? If you’re not going to your car, what’s the purpose?”
Besides being prepared with a self-defense plan, Patterson’s most important piece of advice is to listen to your gut.
“Typically, if the hair on the back of your neck stands up,” said Patterson. “If something tells you, ‘Hey something isn’t right,’ listen to that!”
If you have any information that could help police locate Jones, call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-8477.