INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police detained two people as they searched for suspects who carried out a pair of armed robberies in southern Indiana before leading police on a chase to Indianapolis.
According to Indiana State Police, the suspects stole a white Hummer in Clermont around midnight. They were then responsible for armed robberies in Seymour and Columbus early Thursday morning. Police said they first struck at hotel in Seymour before robbing a gas station in Columbus.
A state trooper spotted the white Hummer in Bartholomew County, and pursued the suspects, who continued north and led police on a high-speed chase on I-65. Police deployed stop sticks near Whiteland.
The suspects exited the interstate at County Line Road and crashed in the area of Stop 11 and Madison Avenue on the south side of Indianapolis.
Police recovered one weapon near the scene.
“This is a situation that could have gotten out of control pretty quick,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith.
Sgt. Smith says the suspects using the white Hummer as the getaway car made it easy to be spotted by a state trooper near I-65, sparking the high speed chase.
“There aren't a lot of those out there at 3 in the morning so how many are you gonna come across?” said Smith.
Police say they’re just relieved no one got hurt during the crime spree.
“The best thing you can do is give up your property and comply with whatever they want and hopefully everything turns out the best that it can,” said Smith.
Police said they took two people into custody for questioning. They have not been officially arrested.
The Hummer belonged to Jeff Petri, a Washington Township firefighter who said the suspects pointed a gun at him during the carjacking.
"It seemed surreal. I’ve been a firefighter for 16 years and I’ve never had a gun pointed at me so I just thought it was someone messing with me," Petri said. "It didn’t seem real at the time so he asked where the keys were and I said, 'They're in it. Take it.'"
Petri said he was leaning against the driver's side of the vehicle while the fuel was pumping when someone came from behind and pointed the gun at his chest.
He said the suspect swore at him and threatened him during the encounter. Petri posted on social media that his Hummer had been stolen. He learned the vehicle had been involved in robberies and a chase when people started texting him about it.
“It was technology and social media at its finest," he said. "I really would have never--10 years ago would have never figured this out at this point.”
Anyone who sees the suspects should call 911 immediately. They are considered armed and dangerous.