Knife-wielding robber breaks into home on northwest side

Woman, daughter not injured

INDIANAPOLIS - A robber wielding a large knife broke into an Indianapolis home Friday morning, stealing more than $2,000 worth of items and threatening a mother and daughter.

Police were alerted to a break-in on the 5700 block of West 43rd Street on Indy's northwest side at 7:30 a.m. Friday. The female homeowner told officers that she heard a noise downstairs and went down to check on it, thinking the back door had been left open by her husband, who had left for work earlier.

Instead, the woman told police she found a man wielding a large silver knife standing in her living room.

The woman told police that the suspect told her and her 10-year-old daughter, who had also come down to check out the noise, that if they screamed he would kill them. She said he then walked her around the home, ordering her to point out where the valuables were kept.

The suspect also reportedly searched through every kitchen cabinet, discovering the family's Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun.

The suspect then told the woman and her daughter to go upstairs and not to call the police, or else he would come back and kill them both.

The woman told police she called 911 as soon as she didn't hear the suspect in the home anymore.

The family reported around $2,000 worth of electronics items stolen, including several tablets, in addition to the handgun.

The suspect is described as a thin black male, approximately 6 feet tall, with a thin goatee. He was wearing camouflage-print pants, a black hoodie and a black stocking hat.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.

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