Police: Man claimed he had flat tire, then robbed 83-year-old retired police officer

James Bayles

James Bayles

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Metropolitan police arrested a man they say robbed an 83-year-old retired police officer earlier this month.

According to IMPD, the robbery happened on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, around 4:30 a.m. A man knocked on the door asking for help with a disabled vehicle that had a flat tire. When the victim opened his door, the suspect pushed him to the ground and ripped his back pants pocket off while taking his checkbook.

Officers arrived at the victim’s home in the 6200 block of Brookville Road to investigate. The man said he was injured when he was pushed but didn’t require medical attention.

4 Fast Facts

  • Man accused of robbing retired police officer at his home
  • The man came to the front door and said his car had a flat tire
  • He’s accused of pushing the victim and taking his checkbook
  • Police say eyewitness accounts and social media tips led to identification of suspect

Police said statements from witnesses and social media tips helped them identify 28-year-old James Bayles as the likely suspect in the case.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, police stopped and detained Bayles in the 4900 block of Rockville Road. They arrested him on a robbery charge after questioning him.

Police also found what’s believed to be heroin and drug paraphernalia during the traffic stop. Bayles was subsequently arrested on an additional count of possession of a narcotic drug and taken to the Arrestee Processing Center.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make a final charging decision in the case.

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