Police: Elderly couple hospitalized after attack at west side home

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INDIANAPOLIS (June 23, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police responded to a west side home Tuesday morning after an elderly couple was reportedly attacked.

Police were called to the home in the 5500 block of Rockville Road around 8:40 a.m. Investigators and EMS crews were responding to the scene. Officers arrived to find the married couple, both in their early 70s, suffering serious injuries. The woman was listed in serious condition and the man was listed in fair condition when they were both rushed to Eskenazi Hospital. They were identified as 72-year-old Levi Jones and 71-year-old Janet Jones.

It wasn’t immediately clear if either victim had been shot in addition to being beaten. Police say there was nothing stolen from the home, and the house did not appear to be ransacked. There were signs of possible forced entry into the home, Sgt. Kendale Adams said.

Detectives were looking closely at a broken window and door frame on the side of the house.

The couples’ daughter and son-in-law told police they do not live in the home, but they had stayed there overnight as they were preparing to go on a trip. The son-in-law told officers he woke up to find his in-laws badly injured after some kind of attack in the home.

“Right now we are canvassing the area,” said Adams. “We don’t have any information right now about a motive or any suspect information. As our detectives start to try to unpack this, we’ll hopefully have more information on that a little bit later.”

Evidence technicians spent more than six hours going through the house, yard and down the street.

A next-door neighbor said the older couple had lived in the home for many years and everyone in the family always seemed very friendly. There had never been any trouble at the house in the past, she said.

Tammy Harrington, who lives two doors down, said there have been some recent break-ins in the area, but she can’t imagine anyone wanting to hurt the elderly couple.

“Levi comes over and helps me out in the winter time clearing out my driveway and I let him go and get walnuts out of my yard so he can sell them,” Harrington said.  “They need a taste of their own medicine.  I mean there’s no reason to go out here and beat up on the elderly out here.”

Detectives were planning to interview the victims’ daughter and son-in-law to make sure their information matches up with what the victims are able to tell them at the hospital.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

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