Neighbors on edge after robber ties up 10-year-old boy


A homeowner told police a suspect used this basement window to enter her home and tie up her 10-year-old son

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 16, 2015) – People who live near 49th Street and Capitol Avenue were on alert, and shocked to hear about a 10-year-old boy who was tied up during a home invasion robbery in their normally quiet neighborhood over the weekend.

“Angry,” said next-door neighbor Jackie Snyder.  “You know, sad.  It doesn’t make sense.”

“More than shocked,” said neighbor Paul Ross.  “And the impact on that young man is going to have far more reaching impact.”

Between 1 and 2 a.m. Sunday, a homeowner in the 5000 block of Capitol Avenue called police to report a man who had climbed through a basement window to enter her home.  She said she woke up to the sound of her 10-year-old son screaming.  When she ran downstairs to his basement bedroom, she found her son tied up.  The suspect, who appeared to be in his 50s with a scruffy beard told her to give him cash and her car keys.

The mother said the suspect made her open her garage door, where her brand new, black 2015 Honda Pilot SUV was parked.  The suspect got in the vehicle and drove off.

The 10-year-old boy, as well has his younger brother and mother were not injured.  But the traumatic experience was enough to prompt the mother to take her boys to stay with family members in another part of the city, according to neighbors.

Snyder said the incident has affected a noticeable change in the normally quiet city block.

“Well last night there were more porch lights on for security reasons,” Snyder said.  “You see people, you know they’re just out looking around.  Looking at their own territory around their home.”

“It concerns me,” said Ross.  “I was up till a little after 1 o’clock last night myself, just monitoring the streets and monitoring my house.”

It’s not clear if the suspect picked the home at random, or if he targeted the house for some reason.  Some neighbors wondered if he may have had knowledge of the new SUV in the garage, which they said the homeowner had just brought home a couple weeks earlier.

“So many people here leave their vehicles out at night,” Snyder said.  “There are a lot of cars even on the streets.  So you would have your choice of many cars if you wanted to steal a car.”

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police were still investigating the incident.  A police report indicated investigators recovered a small hammer and a pair of sweatpants at the scene.  It’s not clear how they relate to the case.

IMPD are on the lookout for the 2015 black Honda Pilot, hoping that will lead them to the suspect.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call IMPD, or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

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