INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Hours after capturing the pole for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon, his wife and former three-time champion Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint at a west side fast food restaurant.
“We’re all in the bus lot and Scott had to buy dinner,” said teammate Tony Kanaan, “and so there was obviously nothing open so we just said, ‘Go through a drive thru and get us some food.’ That was the only option we had.”
The option Dixon chose was a Taco Bell at 3502 West 16th Street.
According to an IMPD report, Dixon said two young males approached his vehicle in the drive-thru lane, shoved a gun in the window and stole Emma Davies-Dixon’s purse.
The suspects then ran north on Berwick Avenue.
Within minutes, an IMPD officer spotted a suspicious vehicle captured by the restaurant’s surveillance camera. The vehicle drove away just before the robbery and the officer suspected the robbers approached and departed in the same direction.
A half-hour later, at the nearby intersection of 16th Street and Tibbs Avenue, officers pulled over a similar vehicle as the suspect fled and was captured after being bit by an IMPD canine. The passenger was identified by the victims, the driver admitted his role in the robbery and Davies-Dixon’s wallet and identification were recovered.
Police did not find a gun.
“I’m not really supposed to talk about it,” said Davies-Dixon at the Speedway Monday. “Yesterday was fantastic, the whole day was fantastic, we went to bed super happy. We love this race. “
“After such a wonderful day at the track,” said Kanaan, “getting robbed at gun point, getting a gun pointed to your head, buying a $20 meal. It’s kinda scary. You would think that would never happen to us here.”
The suspected robbers are 14 and 15 years old.