IndyCar driver J.R. Hildebrand held at gunpoint in attempted robbery while walking his dog

INDIANAPOLIS - IndyCar driver J.R. Hildebrand was the victim of an attempted robbery Monday night on the city's north side, police said.

About 8 p.m., Hildebrand was walking his dog near 50th Street and Washington Blvd. when an armed man approached him from behind, police said.

Hildebrand said he was talking on his cellphone at the time and the man demanded that he hand it over.

According to the police report, Hildebrand told the man to "get lost" because the gun he was holding was making a clicking sound and appeared to be fake.

Hildebrand told detectives the would-be robber didn't seem "committed" to carrying out the crime and ran away after the encounter.

Shortly after the incident, Hildebrand thanked the Indianapolis Metro Police Department through a tweet.

"Just had the delightful experience of a guy trying to rob me with a fake gun while walking my dog. He didn't @IMPD_News quick to the call," Hildebrand tweeted.

No injuries were reported.

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