Man abducted in Circle K armed robbery

Hostage released, suspect still at-large

NEW WHITELAND, Ind. - A hostage was taken after an armed robbery at a convenience store in Johnson County early Friday morning.

The incident happened at a Circle K store at the corner of U.S. 31 and Tracy Road about 12:50 a.m., New Whiteland police said.

A man came into the store and put his arm around a customer who was browsing candy bars, police said, before showing a gun and ordering the customer to come with him.

The suspect, described as a thin, black man between 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt, then went to the clerk and robbed the store of an amount between $500 and $1,000, officers said.

The suspect then took the customer outside to his car and made the customer drive him to Indianapolis, police said. The two drove north on Interstate 65 and west on Interstate 70 before the customer was ordered to get off on an exit.

The suspect got out of the car and ran after the two drove around for 10 to 15 more minutes, police said, and the victim then called 911.

The customer and the cashier were not hurt.

Residents in the area were shaken up to hear about the event in the town that is normally free of crime.

Police said last year they had only one robbery all year and it was at the same gas station.

Police expect to release a more detailed description of the man involved later today.

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