Wife Of Victim Calls 911 As Her Husband Is Attacked
11:44 AM, Apr 5, 2010
A 74-year-old man and his 70-year-old wife were the victims of a brutal home invasion robbery on Indianapolis' east side.Indianapolis police said Terry Reardon was savagely beaten as he tried to hold back at least three men while Madge Reardon called 911, 6News' Ericka Flye reported.From the back room of her home on Montery Road, Madge Reardon made a heart-wrenching call to 911 as Terry fought for his life in the front room."They're in there beating my husband," she told a dispatcher. "They're beating him."Police said the men knocked on the couple's back door at about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. When there was no answer, the men kicked the door in, prompting Terry Reardon to get out of bed to see what caused the commotion."The victim, coming out from the bedroom area, met them inside the hallway," said Sgt. Linda Jackson.Madge cried for help as she described to the dispatcher her husband's battle with the suspects."My husband, he's in there. They've got him," she said."The whole time, the 74-year-old man is trying to keep them out of the hallway back toward the bedroom, where his wife is on 911," Jackson said."My husband slammed the door so they wouldn't come in here and get me," Madge told the dispatcher.While two of the invaders beat Terry, the other man swiped house keys and car keys and ran out the back door just before police arrived, investigators said.Terry Reardon was treated at the scene for cuts and bruises.Police said two witnesses saw at least seven people on the property and around the house during the home invasion. One of the witnesses told police that she had talked to one of the men earlier in the day but that she had never seen him in the neighborhood.Police detained four men who matched a general description of those involved, but the Reardons were unable to positively identify them because the three men in the home wore hoods during the incident.Because of a rising number of burglaries, police are planning a public meeting this week to discuss the issue.Operation Home Invasion will be held on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the IMPD Academy.About 200 parolees and probationers were invited to attend.Police asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.