INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police are searching for a group of teens who attacked and robbed two joggers on the Monon Trail in the afternoon.
“You usually do not expect that to happen, especially during the middle of the day,” says Daniel McCullough who uses the Monon Trail weekly.
First, a 41-year-old man was punched in the face just north of 86th street. He says four teens surrounded him during the attack and tried to bring him to the ground. The group got away with his IPhone but left their mark on the victims face.
“He had blood on his face and blood on his knees, I was really shocked,” says a witness.
Two hours later, another jogger was beaten and robbed by a group with the same descriptions.
“A couple of the boys were holding him down and one was hitting him in the face,” says a witness.
The second victim was a 47-year-old man who was punched in the nose. Then he was pulled off of the trail into a wooded area. The teens stole his IPhone and car keys.
“It kind of shocked me really. I mean you think that those events happen at night when no one is around,” says jogger Tiffany Tren.
Many on the Monon Trail say they are afraid they could become the next victim since they are usually focused on their workout.
“Usually you are kind of zoned out and not really paying attention to everything around you, especially when you have your headphones on,” says Daniel McCullough.
Police have increased patrols on the Monon Trail, but encourage everyone to stay aware and watch their surroundings. Trail users hope police continue their presence on the trail.
“Whenever I see a police officer having a car parked on the Monon, or a police officer parked just off of one of the streets it is kind of an oddity,” says McCullough.