Pair wanted in string of east side robberies

Suspects targeted elderly victims

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis police were searching for two suspects Thursday afternoon who they said may be responsible for at least three robberies on the east side.

All of the victims in the attacks have been in their 70s and 80s, police said, and all have been injured during the robberies.

One of the victims, 76-year-old Joann Green, was assaulted in the driveway of her own home. Police said the man responsible for the attack didn't realize she is completely deaf and didn't hear the demands for her purse.

"He had his arm around my purse and dragged me down the driveway and that's where I fell and hit my head and rolled down the hill," Green told police.

Neighbors who heard her screams and witnessed the assault hurriedly called 911.

"If they could do that to a woman her age, they could do it to any woman," said neighbor James Hodges. "I hope they catch them."

On April 15, the same two suspects attacked an 84-year-old woman out in front of her Linwood Avenue home and stole her purse, according to police, who believe the suspects tailed the victim home from the Preston Safeway at 16 Street and Emerson Avenue.

Another 84-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified, was recently assaulted in the drive-through of the Steak 'n Shake at Washington Street and Franklin Road.

"I was just so shook-up and hollering," she said. "I didn't want anybody else to go through it."

In each assault, police said the suspects picked their victims out at banks and other commercial locations and then followed them home, where the assaults occurred.

Police said the suspects are a man and a woman who drive an older-model, white Ford Taurus.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at  or by texting "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627.

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