Spring Mill home break-in suspect pleads not guilty

Brown charged with 40 felony counts

INDIANAPOLIS - A suspect arrested in connection with the recent Spring Mill home break-in and robbery appeared in court Friday.

Demetre Brown, 21, is charged with 40 felony counts and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Brown is charged with burglary, robbery, criminal confinement, intimidation, forgery, sexual battery, criminal deviate conduct, battery and carjacking. 

The crime occurred on Oct. 24 at a house in the 7000 block of Spring Mill Road. 

Police said Brown and his accomplice, 20-year-old Taiwan Lundy, took the husband who lived in the home to the ATM to withdraw money. 

Documents said he failed to get any money, so they returned to the home to get the wife and use her card. 

According to a police report, the suspects told the couple that if that didn’t work, they were going to die. 

"They became quite upset with the victims when they didn't have cash readily available in their home. They became more agitated when the initial attempts at the ATM failed. At that point they began to beat the husband viciously," Deputy Prosecutor Barb Trathen said.

The wife was able to withdraw $500 from the ATM.

"When she returned, she saw her husband laying on the floor covered in blood. She wanted to go to him to see if he was alive and they wouldn't let her do that," Trathen said.

The incident spanned at least two hours, and documents said the suspects pondered what to do to the victims. 

According to documents, one suspect said, “We are gonna have to waste them/kill them....they know too much." 

The suspects ended up tying the victims up and leaving the scene, police said.

Brown remains in the Marion County Jail and is being held on $200,000 bond.

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