Police arrest two men after brief break-in, armed robbery on north side

INDIANAPOLIS - Police said they had two of three armed robbers in custody early Monday morning after a holdup at an apartment complex on the north side of Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said at just after midnight Monday, two people at an apartment complex at 8335 Plaza Lane (Carlton Apartments) said they heard a knock on the door and when they answered, three armed men - with at least two guns between them - forced their way inside.

The victims, two men in their early 20s, said they didn't recognize any of the robbers, who forced them into a back bedroom and took the victims' cell phones and a combined $60 in cash.

The victims told police the entire exchange lasted no more than 1 to 2 minutes. The three men ran away and no one was injured, IMPD said.

Once the holdup was reported, IMPD set up a perimeter around the area and utilized K-9 units to track down two of the men across Township Line Road, which is nearby. Police said the victims positively identified the two men caught as the robbers.

The third robber has yet to be found. There's no word yet from investigators on the names of the first two men, but identities are usually made public when charges are filed.

IMPD investigators said they weren't sure whether this robbery was random or targeted, but they said it is not connected at this time to another armed robbery Thursday in the same apartment complex. In that case, a man was held up while emptying his groceries from his car, but the robber was a white man. Monday's victims reported the three men who held them up were black.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to report it to police at 317-327-3811 or report information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS). Tips may also be texted with "INDYCS" to 274637.

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