Phone app helps apprehend Broad Ripple robbery suspect
Christopher Woods, 23, accused of armed robbery
Last Updated: 46 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Police said an armed robbery suspect led them on a short chase -- both on wheels and on foot -- after holding up someone late Tuesday night in Broad Ripple. Officers give a lot of credit to a phone app after it helped track down the suspect.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said at roughly 10:30 p.m., officers were sent to the 900 block of East 62nd Street after someone reported a robbery involving a gun. Dispatchers were able to give officers the suspect’s vehicle description.
Moments later, the officers said they saw a matching vehicle driving south in the 4900 block of Hillside Avenue. IMPD said after the suspect refused to stop his car, there was a short pursuit that began in the 4600 block of Keystone Avenue and lasted until the 3700 block of Caroline Avenue. Officers said the chase lasted roughly five minutes.
After that, IMPD said a man jumped from the car and ran away with a gun in his hand. That man was later identified as Christopher Woods, 23, of Indianapolis.
What officers said Woods didn't bet on? The victim's stolen phone had a "Track My Phone" app on her iPhone, which played a major role in his capture, IMPD said.
"That gave officers some real time information as to where the phone was located," IMPD's Christopher Bailey said.
Officers quickly set up a perimeter around the man and took him into custody in the 3700 block of Baltimore Avenue. Officers said they found a handgun on the man, along with the robbery victim’s personal property, including her purse with her money and ID inside.
Investigators said two officers were injured in the pursuit but did not require medical attention.
IMPD said Woods was preliminarily charged with robbery, resisting law enforcement, carrying a handgun without a license and driving while suspended. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is slated to make the decision on final charges.
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