Police: Robbery team stalks Indy shopper at Wal-Mart before stealing her purse, cell phone

Hand signals used in coordinated attack on shopper

INDIANAPOLIS - Three arrests have been made after police say a shopper was stalked and then robbed outside an eastside Wal-Mart store.

A 46-year-old woman told Indianapolis Metropolitan Police that a man had been following her through the Wal-Mart at 10617 E. Washington St., and his accomplices then surrounded her and showed a gun as she left the store and headed for her car.

The victim's family told the Call 6 Investigators that she noticed a man following her from aisle to aisle inside the store, but she thought nothing of it.

Police viewed the security surveillance video and they noticed the man flashing hand signals as the woman left the store around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

On the video, a car can be seen moving into position with its headlights off. The victim told police that her stalker and two other young men grabbed her purse and cell phone, even reaching into her pockets to grab some of the belongings.

As she tried to get away from the robbers, one pushed a pistol into her side, police wrote in their report.

After viewing the security video, officers broadcast a description of the robbers' car over police radios.

Police in Lawrence spotted a car matching that description at a Kroger in the 11100 block of Pendleton Pike.

Police said a purse and a pistol were visible on a seat of that car, so they waited for the three occupants to emerge from the store, and all three were arrested.

The car had been reported stolen.

The victim positively identified the three as being the robbers from outside Wal-Mart.

Felony robbery charges have been lodged against 21-year-old Johnnie Adams of Glenridge Street in Indianapolis.  

A 17-year-old male and a 14-year-old male were also charged with robbery, and the youngest was also charged with illegally possessing a firearm.

"You always have to be aware of your surroundings," said one relative of the victim, adding that the victim is a bit shaken up, but now doing much better since the attack.

As police check to see whether any other similar crimes might be tied to this group, detectives declined to release the adult's mug shot, fearing it could harm their investigation.

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