Homeowner shot robber who tried to hold up 3 people while wearing police vest, IMPD says

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police arrested 34-year-old Carl Simion for criminal confinement and impersonating a public servant.

Officers say he was wearing a police vest when he tried to hold-up two men and a woman inside a home on Indy’s southeast side. Police records said they also found handcuffs.

This happened around midnight in the 9000 block of East McGregor Road near South Franklin Road and East Southport Road.

Police say one of the people inside the home pulled out a gun and shot Simion.

Simion fled from the home, but police found him. Medics transported him to the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to his buttocks. Police say it is not a life-threatening injury.

“You think you’re in a safe neighborhood, but no one is ever safe anymore... I’m gonna put up some extra storm doors and replace some of the locks to make sure they are quality locks,” the neighbor said.

On Friday morning, police recovered a two-way radio and headset outside a home on Knapp Road, a neighboring street. The homeowner there said someone knocked on his door around 12:30 a.m. The homeowner said he told the guy to go away or he'd call police. Friday morning, when he went outside, the homeowner spotted the radio and headset and told police.

IMPD spokesperson Michael Hewitt said it's a big offense to impersonate a police officer.

"Cases like this , as the police, we’re not flattered," said Hewitt. "We think it’s a horrible crime against our city and against our citizens. It puts everybody on edge, including us when we see this sort of thing happen."

Investigators are looking at evidence and searching for surveillance video from other homes in the area to get a better idea of how this happened in such a quiet neighborhood.

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