Police: Serial robbery suspect wielded knife in 8 Indy-area cases

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INDIANAPOLIS (July 25, 2014) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police arrested a man suspected in a series of robberies in Indianapolis and Lawrence.

On Wednesday night, someone flagged down officers in response to a robbery at a Dollar General store near the 3700 block of North Keystone Avenue. When officers approached, they saw a man holding something with both hands. He dropped some money after he spotted police and ran off.

Officers chased after the suspect and followed him into a home in the 3600 block of Hillside Avenue. He’d forced his way in through a back door. Officers apprehended the man in the driveway. He was carrying money from the Dollar General robbery, police said.

Detectives identified the suspect as Anthony Johnson, 24, Indianapolis. He confessed to six other robberies in Indianapolis and one in Lawrence while talking to police. He used a knife in each case, police said. During one robbery, Johnson scuffled with a customer who was slightly injured, according to IMPD.

Johnson is charged with eight counts of robbery in the following cases:

EZ Pawn – 3376 W. 10th St
Shell Oil – 6998 E. 21st St
Village Pantry – 1624 S. State
Value Liquors – 3739 N. Shadeland
Village Pantry – 2001 E. Broad Ripple
Thornton Oil – 7020 E. Pendleton Pike
Family Dollar – 3757 E. New York
Dollar General -3725 N. Keystone Ave.

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