Robbery victims tied up, held at gun point in their home

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police are investigating a home invasion and robbery in which the victims were tied up and held at gun point on the east side.

It happened around 11:30 Tuesday night in the 1800 block of East Brookside Avenue. The victims said the ordeal lasted several hours.

The victims, who asked we hide their identity, are a married couple and their roommate.

The wife said all three of them were upstairs when four armed men wearing bandannas on their faces and all black clothing confronted them.

She said the suspects demanded money and tied them up using charging cables and heavy-duty tape.

“I just knew I was going to do what they told me to do. That’s all that was going through my mind was just do whatever they tell you to do,” she said. “At one point they actually duct taped (my husband’s) whole face and he couldn’t breathe and they said that they were going to kill him.”

The wife said after the men stole electronics and money, they began demanding the alarm code for a restaurant where the husband is part owner.

The victims believe the suspects have been following the husband home from work on several occasions and planned the crime.

“These guys are dangerous. They had their faces covered, they had bandannas around the guns. They knew what they were doing,” she said.

The wife said three of the suspects stole her husband’s car and went to rob the restaurant while one suspect stayed behind the watch them.

The wife said after another hour it sounded as though the final suspect left. She said her roommate grabbed a knife from downstairs to help cut them free.

Still in fear that one of the suspects could be in or near the home, she and her husband escaped out the bedroom window and ran across roof to their neighbor in the duplex.

“We got in the house and I just I started running through the house, I couldn’t stop running or screaming just help me please, help me,” she said. “I just felt like they were behind us you know, I just felt like he’s right there, he’s right there. I couldn’t believe that he was actually gone. It felt like they were still there and they were going to hurt us.”

The three victims were not seriously hurt but did have some cuts and bruises after they said they were hit, grabbed and pistol-whipped by the suspects.

She said the suspects stole cash, electronics, and their car. They also burglarized their restaurant. But she said the worst part is they stole the one thing that made her feel safe.

“I don’t want to go in there,” she said while looking at the front of her home. “That’s not my home anymore. That’ not ever going to feel like my home again.”

The stolen car is a black 2005 Ford Mustang GT with 20-inch chrome wheels and tinted windows.

Anyone who thinks they’ve seen the car or the suspects can call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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