Armed man tried to rob woman at Fashion Mall

INDIANAPOLIS - Police were investigating an attempted robbery at the Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing on Friday afternoon.

The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. on the third floor of the garage by Nordstrom, officials said.

Police said a man with a gun tried to rob a 38-year-old woman pushing a stroller with an 11-month-old child inside.

The suspect hit the woman in the head with the gun and she suffered a laceration to the scalp, officials said. She fell to the ground which caused the baby to suffer a scrape on the foot.

The suspect tried to grab the woman’s purse, but the straps were wrapped around the stroller handles. He did not get away with anything.

The woman ran after the suspect and sprained her ankle. Both the woman and her child were treated by a paramedic for their injuries.

Police said the woman called 911 and both mall security and officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the scene.

"We are shocked and saddened that this kind of violence took place here, and are grateful to the witness who aided the victim. We are also thankful for our ongoing relationship with IMPD, and for their prompt response and continued efforts to apprehend the suspect," a Simon Property Group spokeswoman said in a statement.

Many women were thinking about their own safety after hearing about the attack.

"It's always going to be more dangerous if you're going to be out alone or in a parking garage or somewhere like that where people can't see you as well," Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor Alan Stockman said.

Stockman said the sport is ideal for women who are concerned about safety.

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