Rape, robbery suspects appear in court

Officials: It was 'heinous crime'

INDIANAPOLIS - Two suspects accused of rape and robbery in an attack on the city’s north side were scheduled to appear back in court Tuesday.

Alexander Dupree, 23, and Trae Spells, 18, face preliminary charges of rape, criminal deviate conduct, robbery and criminal confinement after police say they broke into a family's home near 79th Street and College Avenue last Tuesday.

"It's a crime that affects us all because the sanctity of the homes are violated and the sanctity of the people inside the homes are violated which makes this doubly heinous. So, yes, it is a heinous crime," Deputy Prosecutor Eric Schmadeke said.

According to court documents, both Dupree and Spells admitted to being involved in the crime at the home and implicated Michael Pugh, 21, as being there too - although he has only been charged with firearms violations.

Court documents outlined the hours inside and outside the home including how the men got in through an unsecured back door, demanded phones, cash, car keys and jewelry. The documents said the men raped the daughter and sexually assaulted the mother -- while the father and husband was forced to stay in his bedroom.

The mother was shot once before forced to drive to an ATM to withdraw money. She was then shot again after trying escape, the documents said.

According to the documents, she said the men tackled her, brought her back inside the house and then shot her a second time, saying, "Don't do that again!"

Court documents revealed that police found Dupree's finger prints at the scene.

One suspect said there was a total of six men involved, and prosecutors say more arrests are coming.

"The detectives, especially Detective Cress and some of the burglary investigators that followed up on this did not rest until they had developed leads which got us to the point we're at. But I know they're not done yet, and I know they're not resting yet. So there's more work to be done. But the work to this point absolutely deserves to be commended," Schmadeke said.

The judge granted a 72-hour hold for both Dupree and Spells who are both due back in court Tuesday afternoon.

Both Dupree and Spells are being held on a $200,000 bond. Pugh has an $80,000 bond and is due back in court Dec. 4 for a pretrial conference.

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