IMPD arrests 'knife-wielding, serial robber'

INDIANAPOLIS - A man now accused in eight separate robberies was arrested Wednesday while allegedly robbing a northeast side Dollar General.

Around 8 p.m. Wednesday night, police were flagged down near 38th Street and Keystone Avenue by a witness who said the Dollar General in the area was being robbed.

Officers approached the store, where they allegedly saw 24-year-old Anthony Johnson emerge from the entrance with something in his hands.

The officers gave chase toward the 3600 block of Hillside Avenue, where Johnson allegedly dove into the back door of a home. Johnson was allegedly dropping money while running.

Officers apprehended Johnson inside the home, where he was allegedly found in possession of wadded-up money stolen from the business.

Once in custody, police said Johnson confessed to six other robberies in the Indianapolis area and one in Lawrence. In all of those robberies, police said Johnson allegedly used a knife.

Johnson was charged with eight counts of felony robbery for alleged crimes at the following businesses:

  • EZ Pawn- 3376 W. 10th St.
  • Shell Oil- 6998 E. 21st St. 
  • Village Pantry- 1624 S. State
  • Value Liquors- 3739 N. Shadeland
  • Village Pantry- 2001 E. Broad Ripple Ave.
  • Thornton Oil- 7020 E. Pendleton Pike
  • Family Dollar- 3757 E. New York St.
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