IMPD arrests 2 men in connection with home robbery near 79th Street and College Ave.

2 men taken into custody on several felony charges

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department arrested two men in connection with the home robbery that happened on the city's north side Tuesday.

IMPD confirmed 23-year-old Alexander Dupree and 18-year-old Trae Spells were taken into custody late Wednesday. Dupree and Spells faced charges of rape, criminal confinement, criminal deviate conduct and robbery. 

A third man, 21-year-old Michael Pugh, was also charged Wednesday with being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm and held on $80,000 bail.

The incident was reported Tuesday just before 8 a.m. at a home near 79th Street and College Avenue in the 800 block of East 79th.

IMPD said the man who lived in the home that was robbed said four or five men entered his home as he, his wife and daughter (said to be in her 20s) slept. The men reportedly demanded money and during the robbery, forced the two women to drive them to an ATM to withdraw cash.

IMPD said during this incident, one of the women was shot in the leg and once in the foot. Police also said one of the women was sexually assaulted, and one of them was raped by the men. The family said the men stole their cellphones, so they had to run to a neighbor's home to call 911 for help. The woman who was shot in the leg was rushed to St. Vincent Hospital.

Police say the woman who was shot did not suffer life-threatening injuries. In a police report released just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, IMPD said the alleged rape was also being investigated.

Detectives said during this investigation, they found evidence from another robbery that occurred last week in the 7000 block of Spring Mill Road.

North side residents say they're relieved that several suspects are off the streets.

"They need to be able to get these guys off the streets and stop it; stop all these things from happening," said Leah Cannon. "It's getting scary that you can't even walk out of your home or stay in your home anymore and be safe."

IMPD Chief Richard Hite released a statement after the arrests saying his department has no tolerance for these sorts of criminal acts.

“This type of heinous behavior and activity will not be tolerated in our community.  If you had anything to do with these crimes, turn yourself in because we will find you” said IMPD Chief Richard Hite. “And if you’re helping these suspects out by hiding them, you could be arrested as well”.  

Police said photos of the suspects were not released because the investigation was ongoing.

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