Police jail two men after police dogs search area

INDIANAPOLIS - A search for two men linked to a west-side carjacking turned into a break-in and armed robbery investigation for police early Tuesday morning. 

Officials with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said police were searching near West 16th Street and Lafayette Road just after midnight. Police originally said they were looking for two men who had stolen a car, but have since linked the two men to a weekend robbery.

Police said the entire investigation began Sunday night, when two armed men kicked down a door of a home in the 3500 block of West 12th Street. The men reportedly forced a family of four into a room while they stole electronics and drove off in the family's SUV.

Late Monday night, police said they spotted that SUV leaving a gas station near West 16th and Lafayette. When officers tried to pull the car over, they said it sped away and eventually spun out, hitting a tree. The two people inside ran away. That's when police dogs were called to the scene and the search was launched.

Police said two men (matching the description of the two people in the SUV) were spotted nearby in a separate car. They were pulled over and handcuffed.

Investigators said they are not 100-percent sure these are the men behind the break-in and armed robbery on West 16th; it's possible just one is. For the time being, the two men are in jail on unrelated charges as police continue to investigate.

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