Police search for suspect who tied up woman during Geist home invasion


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- IMPD detectives are investigating a violent home invasion that took place in an upscale Geist neighborhood Wednesday morning.

Police say a man broke into a home on Prairie View Drive near 82nd Street around 9 a.m.

A woman was asleep upstairs when she heard a loud noise.

The intruder kicked the back door in and found her in bed. He put her in a headlock, tied her up, threw her in the bathroom, and took the rings off her fingers. It’s unclear if he got away with any other items from the house.

“She had her hands tied up as well as her legs tied up with clothing that was from her house,” said police.

Shortly after he ran out of the house and sped out of the neighborhood. Neighbors told police they saw the suspect speeding down the road shortly after it was broken into.

The woman was not injured, and she was able to free herself and call 911.

Police say witnesses described the suspect as an African-American male, 25-30 years old, driving an old model, gold vehicle.

“Generally on something like this, where the person is surprised by someone being home, their goal is to get out as possible. They’re not trying to stand around or do anything like that and I think that’s what happened here. I think he was taken off guard and tried to get out as soon as possible,” said police.

Upscale, calm and quiet are words next-door neighbors used to use to describe their street. Now, they’re not so sure.

“I immediately checked all our windows to make sure they’re locked, which they are and we tend to keep our garage door open, which it will not be open anymore,” said neighbor, Tom Stoffl.

“Hopefully I’m not going to be paranoid and worry every night, especially when he’s not home,” said Stoffl’s wife, Irene Stoffl.

If you have any information about this home invasion, please call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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