Police: Robbery suspect had on monitoring bracelet, was out of prison out early

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis man already on parole for a previous robbery was arrested Wednesday in connection with the robbery of a southwest side gas station. Now, the judge who oversees the prisoner re-entry court is asking questions about his case.

Indianapolis police arrested Justin Cherry, 23, after he allegedly robbed the Speedway Gas Station at 2954 South Holt Road. At the time of his arrest, police say Cherry was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet and was on probation for robbery.

"He obviously didn't get the hint when he was in prison for armed robbery," said IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey.

Bailey said IMPD had already identified Cherry as a suspect in other robberies when the Speedway robbery occurred at Holt Road and Troy Avenue. As a condition of his probation, Cherry was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet with GPS tracking. When police dispatchers broadcast the robbery in progress, detectives contacted IMPD's GPS-monitoring company, who put Cherry at the scene of the robbery.

Police then pulled over Cherry and a second suspect at the Ponserosa Mobile Home Park, where he was supposed to be living with a relative.

"Police pulled the van over, separated the suspects and then searched the van," said witness Sonny Zickefoose.

Cherry was a candidate for a prisoner re-entry program, and had court permission to seek employment while being monitored by GPS.

"When I looked up his case, it showed that he was sentenced to 14 years for a previous robbery case, with an executed time of 10 years," Bailey said. "That was in 2009. In 2014, he was out and able to commit nine more robberies and victimize at least 10 other people."

The judge who oversees the prisoner re-entry program for Marion County said he is looking into the apparent lack of oversight of Cherry's case.

Bailey said Cherry is now facing 11 new armed robbery charges in addition to charges of parole violation.

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