INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Debra Cole said she heard something that sounded like an explosion outside of her home just before four a.m. in the 900 block of North Tuxedo Street.
“I didn’t want to come out here and look. When I heard that explosion I had a really bad feeling about my truck and it sounded like it was right out in front and I didn’t even want to come out here,” she said. “It was a horrible way to start the week out.”
Cole’s pick up was one of at least a half-dozen vehicles sideswiped by the driver of a stolen 2011 Kia after a carjacking an hour earlier near the intersection of New York Street and North State Avenue.
One neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, described how three teens, two males and a girl, ran to the end of the block after the crash to hang out before police arrived.
“I hear a big bang and I came outside and I looked out my window and another car was into another car knocked it up on the sidewalk, the other car, the doors were open, the airbags were blown out and the car was smoking,” he said.
“Three kids come walking back up on me and they told me to get away from the car and I said, ‘No, I’m trying to see if anybody’s hurt,’ and one kid pulled out a gun and said, ‘Get back, get back or I’ll shoot you,’” the neighbor said, “and that’s when they wanted to fight us and everything and that’s when the police pulled up and they took off.”
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) caught the teens, all with home addresses not far from the carjacking and crash scenes, and determined a gun was involved.
Several hours after the crash, Debra Cole examined the damage to her truck and wondered how she would pay to fix it.
“It’ll have to come out of my own pocket because I just have insurance if I get in trouble hitting somebody, so this is all on me,” she said.
Cole’s neighbor said he didn’t hold out much hope for a peaceful summer following the Monday morning teen carjacking and the Saturday night shooting downtown that left four young people injured and a 16-year-old in custody.
“This is just terrible in here, the kids just don’t care anymore, they just don’t,” he said. “They’re just buck wild, man. I don’t know where their parents are at, where are they at, you know.”