North-side break-in, ATM robberies force lockdown at St. Vincent's Women's Health

INDIANAPOLIS - Police spent their Thursday morning investigating a string of attempted ATM-involved robberies that forced the lockdown of nearby St. Vincent Women's Health on the north side of Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said at roughly 3 a.m. officers were investigating the robberies, one or more of which happened in the area of 71th Street and Michigan Road.

IMPD Lieutenant Christopher Bailey said that just before 2 a.m. Thursday, the robberies were reported. Officers learned a man was sitting outside his apartment (in the 2400 block of Plaza Drive) in his car when a white male armed with a handgun forced the victim into his apartment. The robber stole various items, police said.

The victim said the robber then forced him back into his car and ordered the victim to drive to an ATM at 71st and Michigan to pull out cash. RTV6 spoke with the victim, who said he feared for his life.

“(The robber said) ‘If you cooperate with me, I (won’t) kill you. I don’t want to kill anybody because I have a brother like you at home. I have kids, too. I don’t want to kill anybody, but if you don’t cooperate with me, I will kill you,’” the victim told us. 

Police said the victim's card wouldn't work, and the robber learned the man had family that lived nearby in the 2500 block of Bridgewood Court. He forced the victim to drive there.

IMPD said the robber forced the door open at the apartment of his victim's family, holding the victim's brother and sister-in-law at gunpoint while he demanded more property and money.

He forced all three into the car and made them drive to another ATM, this one at 86th Street and Township Line Road. Again, IMPD said, no money could be pulled from the ATM.

Police said the robber ordered the victims to drop him off near Naab Road and Dugan Drive, close to St. Vincent's Women's Health at 2001 W. 86th St.

The victims then called 911 and the hospital was put on lockdown for a period of time as a precaution, but police said no one there was ever in danger.

The robber was described by the victim as white, roughly 5 feet 8 inches in height, having a heavier build and in his 30s. The victim said he had a black ski mask on the entire time he was with him, which was roughly 2 hours. He got away with the victim's laptop and cell phone and his brother's iPad, the victim said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call IMPD at 317-327-3811 or report information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

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